CLEP Contemporary Period (1945-Present): Early Twentieth Century  Practice Test >> Exam 1

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Date: 22/04/2019 21:36:26
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1) "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness‚ starving hysterical naked‚dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix‚angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night‚who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz‚who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tene-ment roofs illuminated‚ 5 who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war‚who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull‚who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear‚ burn-ing their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall‚who got busted . . . returning throughLaredo with a belt of marijuana for New York‚who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine inParadise Alley‚ death‚ or purgatoried their torsos night after night10 with dreams‚ with drugs‚ with waking nightmares‚ al-cohol . . . .The final section concerns a friend institutionalized for insanity. Howl (1956) consists of three sections; it asserts that a materialistic‚ conformist society drives ?the best minds? to self-.____________ ."
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2) What is an African-American neighborhood called the as ? in the setting of Toni Morrison’s novel Sula (1973)‚ is being demolished in preparation for the Medallion City Golf Course. In this story‚ the childhood best friends Sula Peace and Nel Wright eventually drift apart as their values diverge: Nel maintains traditional expectations‚ while Sula pursues freedom through amoral actions.
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3) His first collection of poetry‚ Heart’s_____________ (1959)‚ won a Pulitzer Prize. With a theme of separation‚ the poems convey a father’s love for his daughter.W.D. Snodgrass wrote this traditional poetry infused with deep feeling.
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4) Unhappy with American society‚ Beat poets‚ or ?____________‚? rejected materialism and instead embraced concepts of spiritual‚ artistic‚ and erotic exploration through drugs‚ Zen Buddhism‚ music‚ and casual sex. Jack Kerouac coined the phrase the ?Beat Generation?; it referred to the beaten state of humanity and acknowledged the therapeutic qualities of the beat in poetry and jazz music.
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5) The successful launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik 1 (1957) initiated the ?space ___________? between the former U.S.S.R. and the United States‚ in which both began to explore the ?final frontier? of space. Technological advancements during this Contemporary Period (1945-Present) changed the way Americans viewed their country and the world.
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6) " In this poem‚ what is the mood of the couple ?They eat beans mostly‚ this old yellow pair.Dinner is a casual affair.Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood‚Tin flatware.Two who are Mostly Good. 5 Two who have lived their day‚But keep on putting on their clothes And putting things away.And remembering . . .Remembering‚ with twinklings and twinges‚ 10As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths‚tobacco crumbs‚ vases and fringes."
7) Americans participated in the________ War (1946-1990s)‚against the former Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.‚ now Russia)‚ after World War II‚ pitting democracy against Communism while vying for dominance in the accumulation of military weapons.
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8) " The Bluest Eye (1970)‚ which is Toni Morrison’s novel ‚Claudia and Freida plant _________seeds‚ hoping that if the flowers live‚ so will Pecola’s baby.Our house is old‚ cold‚ and green. At night a kerosene lamp lights one large room. The others are braced in darkness‚ peopled by roaches and mice. Adults do not talk to us?they give us directions. They issue orders without providing information. When we trip and fall down they glance at us; if we cut or bruise ourselves‚ they ask us are we crazy. When we catch colds‚ they shake their heads in disgust at our lack of consideration. How‚ they ask us‚ do you expect anybody to get anything done if you all are sick? We cannot answer them. Our illness is treated with contempt‚ foul Black Draught‚ and castor oil that blunts our minds.When‚ on a day after a trip to collect coal‚ I cough once‚ loudly‚ through bronchial tubes already packed tight with phlegm‚ my mother frowns. "Great Jesus. Get on in that bed. How many times do I have to tell you to wear something on your head? You must be the biggest fool in this town. Frieda? Get some rags and stuff that window."Frieda restuffs the window. I trudge off to bed‚ full of guilt and self-pity. . . .Later I throw up‚ and my mother says‚ "What did you puke on the bed clothes for? Don’t you have sense enough to hold your head out the bed? Now‚ look what you did. You think I got time for nothing but washing up your puke?""
9) James Baldwin novel‚ Go _________________It On the Mountain (1953)‚ is set in a Harlem church and uses flashbacks to tell about the lives of the church members’ ancestors. This African-American civil rights spokesman James Baldwin wrote about racial discrimination and homosexuality.
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10) The complexities of America’s ordinary middle-class was ironically portrayed by John Cheever ‚ who used the fictitious Hill community. His first work‚ a short story titled ?Expelled? (1930)‚ was based on his recent experience at Thayer Academy. The Wapshot Chronicle (1957)‚ and its sequel‚ The Wapshot Scandal (1964) was some of Cheever’s novels.
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11) A Pulitzer Prize was won by The feminist African-American Alice Walker for her epistolary novel The Color_____________ (1982)‚ which was about the impoverished daughter of a sharecropper‚ Celie‚ who is sexually abused yet achieves inner peace through her courageous demeanor.
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12) Her first autobiographical book was " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(1970)" ‚ in which she writes about her childhood rape and other experiences growing up as a young black woman in the United States .In her books‚ the singer/actress/author Maya_______________ often portrays strong African-American women.
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13) In Toni Morrison’s novel‚ which of the following was advocated.?. . . suddenly the big burly bass-player wakes up from a reverie and realizes Slim is playing ?C-Jam Blues’ and he slugs in his big forefinger on the string and the big booming beat begins and everybody starts rocking and Slim looks just as sad as ever‚ and they blow jazz for half an hour‚ and then Slim goes mad and grabs the bongos and plays tremendous rapid Cubana beats and yells crazy things in Spanish‚ in Arabic‚ in Peruvian dialect‚ in Egyptian‚ in every language he knows‚ and he knows innumerable languages. . . . Nobody knows where Slim Gaillard is. Dean once had a dream that he was having a baby and his belly was all bloated up blue as he lay on the grass of a California hospital. Under a tree‚ with a group of colored men‚ sat Slim Gaillard. Dean turned despairing eyes of a mother to him. Slim said‚ ?There you go-orooni.’ Now Dean approached him‚ he approached his God; he thought Slim was God; he shuffled and bowed in front of him and asked him to join us. ?Right-orooni‚’ says Slim; he’ll join anybody but won’t guarantee to be there with you in spirit. Dean got a table‚ bought drinks‚ and sat stiffly in front of Slim. Slim dreamed over his head. Every time Slim said‚ ?Orooni‚’ Dean said ?Yes!’ I sat there with these two madmen. Nothing happened. To Slim Gaillard the whole world was just one big orooni.’
14) " The novel ____________Man (1952)‚ offers an agonizing picture of a white culture that dehumanizes blacks by willfully ignoring them. This novel was by Ralph Ellison‚ who depicts a young African-American man’s pursuit of identity."
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15) Who are characters in Jack Kerouac’s strongly autobiographical novel On the Road (1957)? (Click all that apply.) . . . suddenly the big burly bass-player wakes up from a reverie and realizes Slim is playing ?C-Jam Blues’ and he slugs in his big forefinger on the string and the big booming beat begins and everybody starts rocking and Slim looks just as sad as ever‚ and they blow jazz for half an hour‚ and then Slim goes mad and grabs the bongos and plays tremendous rapid Cubana beats and yells crazy things in Spanish‚ in Arabic‚ in Peruvian dialect‚ in Egyptian‚ in every language he knows‚ and he knows innumerable languages. . . . Nobody knows where Slim Gaillard is. Dean once had a dream that he was having a baby and his belly was all bloated up blue as he lay on the grass of a California hospital. Under a tree‚ with a group of colored men‚ sat Slim Gaillard. Dean turned despairing eyes of a mother to him. Slim said‚ ?There you go-orooni.’ Now Dean approached him‚ he approached his God; he thought Slim was God; he shuffled and bowed in front of him and asked him to join us. ?Right-orooni‚’ says Slim; he’ll join anybody but won’t guarantee to be there with you in spirit. Dean got a table‚ bought drinks‚ and sat stiffly in front of Slim. Slim dreamed over his head. Every time Slim said‚ ?Orooni‚’ Dean said ?Yes!’ I sat there with these two madmen. Nothing happened. To Slim Gaillard the whole world was just one big orooni.
16) The former model of traditions and lifestyles aimed for within earlier decades of American society was eclipsed by an adoration of diversity. A search for identity is evident in the variety of topics and viewpoints of literature in the____________ Period (1945-Present).
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17) This manuscript was typed on a 120-ft. continuous roll of paper‚ in which The French Canadian Beat poet and author Jack Kerouac is most popular for his somewhat autobiographical novel On the____________ (1957)‚ which chronicles Beatniks traveling around America looking for meaning.
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18) "Which movie star does Pecola idolizes because of her blue eyes?Our house is old‚ cold‚ and green. At night a kerosene lamp lights one large room. The others are braced in darkness‚ peopled by roaches and mice. Adults do not talk to us?they give us directions. They issue orders without providing information. When we trip and fall down they glance at us; if we cut or bruise ourselves‚ they ask us are we crazy. When we catch colds‚ they shake their heads in disgust at our lack of consideration. How‚ they ask us‚ do you expect anybody to get anything done if you all are sick? We cannot answer them. Our illness is treated with contempt‚ foul Black Draught‚ and castor oil that blunts our minds.When‚ on a day after a trip to collect coal‚ I cough once‚ loudly‚ through bronchial tubes already packed tight with phlegm‚ my mother frowns. "Great Jesus. Get on in that bed. How many times do I have to tell you to wear something on your head? You must be the biggest fool in this town. Frieda? Get some rags and stuff that window."Frieda restuffs the window. I trudge off to bed‚ full of guilt and self-pity. . . .Later I throw up‚ and my mother says‚ "What did you puke on the bed clothes for? Don’t you have sense enough to hold your head out the bed? Now‚ look what you did. You think I got time for nothing but washing up your puke?"A central character‚ the African-American child Pecola Breedlove‚ is obsessed with wanting blue eyes‚ since she believes having blue eyes will make her beautiful and well-accepted in society. "
19) Traditional cultural customs through its exploration of ___________and taboo subjects and lifestyles was redefined during the Contemporary Period (1945-Present) in the Literature. Authors promoted their views on culture‚ altered states of consciousness‚ and sexuality from a variety of ethnicities.
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20) The loneliness of this invisible man eventually drives this frustrated young man to live underground in a New York City ?________?‚ although the main character in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952)‚ an unnamed narrator‚ is his school’s intelligent valedictorian who anticipates success through humility and hard work.
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21) Ralph Ellison uses realism to accurately portray the setting of this novel -Invisible Man (1952)‚ and symbolism to convey the experiences of a people group and their significance. As he realizes that people perceive him as invisible because of his race‚ regardless of his drive or accomplishments‚ The 1‚369___________ in the unnamed narrator’s cave symbolize his enlightenment.
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22) Maya Angelou’s first two collections of poetry were Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ?fore I Diiie (1971) and Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975). She usually writes from a first-person point of view and uses __________song rhythms in her poetry.
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23) "Mention the author of this poem?But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams 26 his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearful trill 31 of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird36 sings of freedom."
24) The colorful adventures of a young Jewish boy coming of age in Chicago and Mexico are recounted with humor in The Adventures of Augie March (1953). Saul Bellow explored the struggle for ___________among Jews in urban America‚ through his novels and short stories.

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