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Tipologia C: Quesiti a risposta chiusa

Joyce

The passage here proposed is taken from Ulysses which is considered the masterpiece of James Joyce, one of the most significant writers of the first part of the 20th century. He brought experimentation in novel writing to its extremes, using the technique of the interior monologue to express his characters flow of thoughts.

[…] ah yes I know them well who was the first person in the universe before there was anybody that made it all who ah that they dont know neither do I so there you are they might as well try to stop the sun from rising tomorrow the sun shines for you he said the day we were lying among the rhododendrons on Howth head in the grey tweed suit and his straw hat the day I got him to propose me yes first I gave him a bit of seedcake out of my mouth and it was leapyear like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountain ye so we are flowers all a womans body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes that was why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him and I gave him all the pleasure I could leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldnt answer first only looked out over the sea and the sky I was thinking of so many things he didnt know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly and I say stoop and washing up the dishes they called it on the pier and the sentry in front of the governors house with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted and the Spanish girls laughing in their shawls and their tall combs and the auctions in the morning the Greeks and the Jews and the Arabs and the devil knows who else from all the ends of Europe and Duke street and the fowl market all clucking outside Larby Sharons and the poor donkeys slipping half asleep in the shade on the steps and the big wheels of the carts of the bulls and the old castle thousands of years old yes and those handsome Moors all in white and turbens like kings asking you to sit down in their little bit of a shop and Ronda with the old windows or the posadas glancing eyes a lattice hid for her lover to kiss the iron and the wineshops half open at night and the castanets and the night we missed the boat at Algeciras the watchman going about serene with his lamp and O that awful deepdown torrent O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little street and pink and blue and yellow houses and the rosegardens and the jessamine and geraniums and cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a flower of the mountains yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breast all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad yes I said yes I will Yes. (James Joyce, Episode 18, in Ulysses, 1922)

1. In the passage you read (tick the correct answer):

a. The punctuation is

- present

- scarcely used

- absent

b. The syntax is

- present

- absent

 

c. The events are

- following the flow of thoughts

- in chronological order

 

d. The language is

- spoken

- thought

- written

 

e. The narrator is

- third person omniscient

- third person unobtrusive

- first person

 

2. JANE AUSTEN CAN BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND APPRECIATED NOVELISTS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE BECAUSE:

q HER WHOLE PRODUCTION GIVES LIFE TO THE MAIN THEMES DEAR TO THE
  ROMANTIC WRITERS SUCH AS NATURE, FRIENDSHIP, CHILDHOOD, LOVE  ETC.
   
q HER WORKS ARE A FINE PORTRAIT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS COUNTRY LIFE OF
  HER TIME.
   
q HER NOVELS  ARE A FINE PORTRAIT OF THE FALSITY AND CONTRADICTIONS
  OF HER TIME.
   
q HER WHOLE PRODUCTION REVEALS A COMPASSIONATE ATTITUDE TOWARDS
  HER CHARACTERS DENOUNCING AT THE SAME TIME THE EMPTINESS OF THE
  MORAL PRINCIPLES AND THE COMPROMISE OF AN EASY OPTIMISM.

 

3. WHICH DEFINITION BEST EXPRESSES THE ROMANTIC CONCEPT OF NATURE?

q NATURE IS A POWERFUL FORCE INDIFFERENT TO MANKIND AND TO COMMON
  LIFE SITUATIONS.
   
q NATURE IS A DESOLATE SURROUNDING WHICH REINFORCES THE FEELINGS
  AND EMOTIONS OF THE POET.
   
q NATURE IS AN IMAGINARY AND IDEALIZED PLACE WHERE THE POETS
  FIND A REFUGE FROM THE UGLINESS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION.
   
q BEING IN RELATION TO HUMAN FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS, NATURE IS
  THE MAIN SOURCE OF INSPIRATION.

 

4. The character of Robert Walton in "Frankenstein" is an anticipation of Victor Frankenstein because:

         He is an "overreacher", one who seeks more knowledge than is good for him

         He lives detached from his family

         He is greedy of money and fame

         He wants to be more and more powerful

 

5. In "Tintern Abbey" Wordsworth writes he is a " worshipper of nature" because:

         Nature is indifferent to man

         Nature is the ideal background of man's feelings and emotions

         Nature is an eternal source of joy and happiness

          Nature provides man with solace, guidance and moral force.

 

6. According to the main character in "Jane Eyre":

         Women have right to happiness and joy

         Women have right to the same intellectual and social freedom as men

         Women have right to happiness and fulfilment but they must accept male authority

          Marriage should not be imposed on women.

 

7. Which characters  in "The Fellowship of the Ring" are particularly indifferent towards power?

         Tom Bombadil and Sam

         Boromir and Sam

         Sam and Frodo

         Gandalf and Frodo

 

8. In "Animal Farm" Old Benjamin is unenthusiastic about the revolution results because:

         He is missing man's rule

         He thinks that only Boxer can improve the condition of the farm

         He is convinced that nothing will change

         He is against progress

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