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General English IV Midterm Exam Score: ______ / ______ Name: ______________________________ Student Number: _____________________ Multple Choice: Type your answer choice in the blank. _____1. Which of these is a speciFc type of parody? A. mock-epic B. folk ballad C. conceit D. paradox _____2. How is a diary, such as Pepys’s, di±erent from a history such as Bede’s? A. A diary is usually more personal. B. A diary is usually more objecTve. C. A diary is usually more formal. D. A diary usually lacks historical accuracy. _____ 3. Which statement most accurately contrasts the ideas of di±erent literary periods? A. Anglo-Saxon literature focuses on free will, whereas Renaissance literature suggests that human beings are controlled by fate. B. Literature of the Middle Ages focuses on science, whereas literature of the Renaissance focuses on religious faith. C. English literature of the Renaissance was dominated by poetry and verse drama, whereas English literature of the eighteenth century was dominated by prose and saTre. D. Literature of the Anglo-Saxon period stresses human possibiliTes, whereas eighteenth century English literature stresses human limitaTons. _____4. Read this brief passage from Beowulf in the modern translaTon by Burton Ra±el. ²hen, answer the quesTon that follow. 1
General English IV Midterm Exam Then Beowulf rose, stll brave, stll s±rong, And wi±h his shield a± his side, and a mail shir± on his breas±, S±rode calmly, conF den±ly, ±oward ±he ±ower, under The rocky cli²s: no coward could have walked ±here! Which Anglo-Saxon social or cultural idea has most strongly infuenced this passage From BeowulF? A. admiraTon oF physical courage B. courtly behavior C. loyalty to one’s overlord D. religious Faith and teachings _____ 5. Read this summary oF the “±he Pardoner’s ±ale” From Chaucer’s Canterbury ±ales. ±hen, answer the quesTon that Follows. Three young men are drinking in a ±avern when ±hey learn ±ha± Dea±h, killing ±housands in ±he presen± plague, has claimed ±he life of an old friend. The ±hree vow ±o live for one ano±her and ±o work ±oge±her ±o kill Dea±h. A³er an old man ±ells ±hem ±ha± ±hey can F nd Dea±h under a ±ree in a grove, ±he ±hree go ±here, only ±o Fnd a pile of gold ´orins under ±he ±ree. µearing ±hey migh± be accused of s±ealing ±he gold, ±hey decide ±o bring i± in±o ±own a± nigh±. They draw lo±s ±o see who will go in±o ±own ±o bring back food and drink for ±heir vigil. When ±he younges± wins ±he drawing and goes o² ±o ±own, ±he o±her ±wo plo± ±o kill him ±o ge± his share of ±he ±reasure. Meanwhile, he decides ±o poison ±he drink he is bringing back in order ±o kill ±he o±her ±wo and claim all ±he ±reasure for himself. When he arrives back, ±he o±her ±wo do kill him, bu± ±hey also drink ±he poisoned drinks and perish. Thus, all ±hree do indeed Fnd Dea±h under ±he ±ree, jus± as ±he old man had predic±ed. ²rom the elements oF the summary oF “±he Pardoner’s ±ale,” into what subgenre, or subcategory oF literature, does it seem to Fall? A. pastoral B. elegy C. allegory D. Frame story _____ 6. Read this passage From Donne’s “MeditaTon 17.” ±hen, answer the quesTon that Follows. No man is an island, entre of i±self; every man is a piece of ±he contnen±, a par± of ±he main. If a clod be washed away by ±he sea, Europe is ±he less, as well as if a promon±ory were, as well as if a manor of ±hy friend’s or of ±hine own were. Any man’s dea±h diminishes me because I am involved in 2
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