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

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Date: 22/04/2019 22:08:00
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1) Betty Friedan instigated the feminist revolution with her book‚______________ The Mystique (1963)‚ which attacked the assertion that women could experience fulfillment only as wives and mothers‚ and which advocated women’s involvement in the workforce and in culture.
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2) Rabbit at Rest (1990)‚ among the culture of the 1990s‚ shows the Angstrom’s final years: his affair with his daughter-in-law‚ his son’s problems with ‚________________ and ?Rabbit’s? heart attack and death.Set in the 1970s‚ John Updike’s Rabbit Is Rich (1981) is the sad story of Angstrom settling into mid-life and encountering questions about his possible daughter from a former mistress‚ and the pregnancy of his son’s girlfriend.
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3) "This scene is set in New___________ ‚ and shows the misguided adolescent Holden Caulfield trying to make sense of the hypocrisy in his confusing world.When I finally got down off the radiator and went out to the hat-check room‚ I was crying and all. I don’t know why‚ but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome. Then‚ when I went out to the checkroom‚ I couldn’t find my goddam check. The hat-check girl was very nice about it‚ though. She gave me my coat anyway. . . .I didn’t feel too drunk any more when I went outside‚ but it was getting very cold out again‚ and my teeth started chattering like hell. I couldn’t make them stop. I walked over to Madison Avenue and started to wait around for a bus because I didn’t have hardly any money left and I had to start economizing on cabs and all. But I didn’t feel like getting on a damn bus. And besides‚ I didn’t even know where I was supposed to go. So what I did‚ I started walking over to the park. I figured I’d go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing‚ see if they were around or not‚ I still didn’t know if they were around or not. It wasn’t far over to the park‚ and I didn’t have anyplace else special to go to?I didn’t even know where I was going to sleep yet?so I went. I wasn’t tired or anything. I just felt blue as hell."
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4) During World War II‚ Norman __________wrote the Naturalistic novel The Naked and the Dead (1948) from his experiences in the Philippines. The characters include Sergeant Croft‚ Lieutenant Hearn‚ and Private Valson. It concerns 13 American soldiers‚ led by General Cummings‚ who invade the island Anopopei‚ which is controlled by the Japanese.
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5) Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize for Fences (1985)‚ about a former baseball player who juggles family obligations and his desire for freedom. He won another Pulitzer Prize for _________The Lesson (1987)‚ about a brother and a sister who argue about whether to sell a family piano that was once traded for their grandparents‚ who were slaves. He is the founder of Black Horizons Theater Company‚ August Wilson wrote plays representing African-Americans during different decades of the 20th century.
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6) A story of fanatical religious rivalism by Flannery O’Connor is Wise___________ (1952)‚ as the discharged soldier Haze Motes founds ?the Church Without Christ? and fights against several duplicitous preachers. The color of Motes’ suit‚ the destruction of his car‚ and his self-inflicted torture are the yymbols in this story.
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7) Stephen King writes about an ostracized girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers and uses them in ________against those who mistreated her‚ Based on a reverse Cinderella tale. The girls stopped‚ realizing that fission and explosion had finally been reached. It was at this point‚ when looking back‚ that some of them would claim surprise. Yet there had been all these years‚ all these years of let’s short-sheet Carrie’s bed at Christian Youth Camp and I found this love letter from Carrie to Flash Bobby Pickett let’s copy it and pass it around . . . and put this snake in her shoe and duck her again‚ duck her again; Carrie tagging along stubbornly on biking trips‚ known one year as pudd’n and the next year as truck-face‚ always smelling sweaty‚ not able to catch up; . . . Billy Preston putting peanut butter in her hair that time she fell asleep in study hall; the pinches‚ the legs outstretched in school aisles to trip her up‚ the books knocked from her desk‚ the obscene postcard tucked into her purse; Carrie on the church picnic and kneeling down clumsily to pray and the seam of her old madras skirt splitting along the zipper like the sound of a huge wind-breakage; Carrie always missing the ball‚ even in kickball‚ falling on her face in Modern Dance during their sophomore year and chipping a tooth‚ running into the net during volleyball; . . . Suddenly all this and the critical mass was reached. The ultimate shit-on‚ gross-out‚ put-down‚ long searched for‚ was found. Fission.
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8) A young girl‚ Scout‚ narrates the story while recounting her adventures with her older brother‚ Jem‚ and their friend‚ Dill. Scout’s father‚ Atticus Finch‚ is the white defense lawyer at the trial. A story of racial injustice juxtaposed with the innocence of children‚ Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A__________ (1960) is about the trial of Tom Robinson‚ a black man‚ who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell‚ a white woman.
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9) "Below is the plot summary that describes Eugene O’Neill’s two-part‚ nine act play Strange_______ (1928).Nina Leeds is prevented from marrying her fianc?‚ Gordon‚ because Professor Leeds insist they wait until after the war. When Gordon dies in war‚ Nina resents her father. She marries Sam Evans‚ aborts their child‚ and has a child by Dr. Edmund Darrell‚ who pleads with her to leave Sam for him. Their child‚ Gordon‚ is close to Sam but not to Nina or to Edward. When Sam dies‚ Nina marries Charles Marsden‚ who wanted to marry her after the death of her fianc?‚ Gordon."
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10) The birthrate surged 30% higher (called the ?baby boom?) after World War II‚ than it had been during the Great Depression. In the 1950s‚ Americans reacted against the _________ and the war eras by _________. The 1960s transferred demands of rights and privileges to the arena of sexual promiscuity (touted ?without consequences!?).
11) A story by Flannery O’Connor‚ concerns a soured family vacation‚ in which the family’s petty fighting is superseded by their deaths by three sociopaths while the family is stranded on the side of the highway. The title of this story is A Good __________is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955).
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12) "A Smith College student‚ Esther Greenwood‚ the protagonist in Sylvia Plath’s novel The (1963)‚___________ ________ is a guest editor at a New York fashion magazine during a summer internship; this novel‚ which includes the above passage‚ relates Esther’s depression‚ suicide attempt‚ institutionalization‚ and electroshock therapy. (I knew something was wrong with me that summer‚ because all I could think about was the Rosenbergs and how stupid I’d been to buy all those uncomfortable‚ expensive clothes‚ hanging limp as fish in my closet‚ and how all the little successes I’d totted up so happily at college fizzled to nothing outside the slick marble and plate-glass fronts along Madison Avenue.)I was supposed to be having the time of my life.I was supposed to be the envy of thousands of other college girls just like me all over America who wanted nothing more than to be tripping about in those same . . . patent leather shoes I’d bought in Bloomingdale’s one lunch hour . . . . And when my picture came out in the magazine the twelve of us were working on?drinking martinis . . . ‚ on some Starlight Roof‚ in the company of several anonymous young men with all-American bone structures hired or loaned for the occasion?everybody would think I must be having a real whirl.Look what can happen in this country‚ they’d say. A girl lives in some out-of-the-way town for nineteen years‚ so poor she can’t afford a magazine‚ and then she gets a scholarship to college and wins a prize here and a prize there and ends up steering New York like her own private car.Only I wasn’t steering anything‚ not even myself. . . . (I felt very still and very empty‚ the way the eye of a tornado must feel‚ moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.)"
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13) "Holden expresses his longing for innocence by confiding to his 10-year-old sister‚ Phoebe‚ his dream of standing guard at the edge of a cliff where thousands of children are playing a game in a field of ____________. Holden intended to prevent the children from falling off the cliff if they neglected to look where they were going as they were running.When I finally got down off the radiator and went out to the hat-check room‚ I was crying and all. I don’t know why‚ but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome. Then‚ when I went out to the checkroom‚ I couldn’t find my goddam check. The hat-check girl was very nice about it‚ though. She gave me my coat anyway. . . .I didn’t feel too drunk any more when I went outside‚ but it was getting very cold out again‚ and my teeth started chattering like hell. I couldn’t make them stop. I walked over to Madison Avenue and started to wait around for a bus because I didn’t have hardly any money left and I had to start economizing on cabs and all. But I didn’t feel like getting on a damn bus. And besides‚ I didn’t even know where I was supposed to go. So what I did‚ I started walking over to the park. I figured I’d go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing‚ see if they were around or not‚ I still didn’t know if they were around or not. It wasn’t far over to the park‚ and I didn’t have anyplace else special to go to?I didn’t even know where I was going to sleep yet?so I went. I wasn’t tired or anything. I just felt blue as hell."
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14) "Ken Kesey’s comic macabre (involving themes of horror and death) novel is One Flew Over the______________ ’s Nest (1962)‚ is about a character named Randle Patrick McMurphy.Another main character is the domineering Head Nurse Ratched. This is an overthrow of an Oregon mental hospital by its patients. This book is narrated by Chief Bromden‚ the janitor."
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15) The Catcher in the Rye (1951)‚ by J.D._____________ ‚is a controversial picaresque novel. It is written in a colloquial style and identifies the frustrations of a boy who yearns for innocence. This represents a misunderstood generation of youth after World War II.
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16) House Made of Dawn (1969)‚ by Natachee Scott___________ earned a Pulitzer Prize for his novel‚ instigating what some call the Native American Renaissance. A World War II veteran‚ N. Scott exposed issues faced by Native Americans on reservations within a dominant white culture‚ through his character Abel.
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17) In Breakfast at ________________’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories (1958)‚ an unnamed narrator admires Holly Golightly‚ a fellow New York tenant‚ and her varied life‚ from her hillbilly Texas marriage to her involvement smuggling drugs and escaping to Brazil. In Cold Blood (1966) is Truman Capote’s ?nonfiction novel? of the murder of a Kansas farm family by two ex-convicts who were robbing the family’s home.
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18) This playwriter’s naturalistic themes are often drawn from his experiences at sea and around the world‚ and from his extensive reading‚ especially of Greek tragedies. This prominent American playwright Eugene___________ won four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize for his expressionistic and often poetic plays‚ which are often set in the New England countryside.
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19) In Rabbit Redux (1971)‚ which is set in the 1960s‚ Angstrom’s life and the marriage to which he returned is in shambles‚ reflective of his turbulent culture. Set during the 1950s in middle America‚ Rabbit‚ Run (1960)‚ is the story of Harry ?Rabbit? Angstrom‚ who misses his high-school________ glory days; he deserts his wife‚ child‚ and mistress to wander aimlessly. John Updike wrote about America’s middle-class and most well known for his four ?Rabbit? books.
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20) "_______________Caulfield‚ the novel’s rebellious adolescent protagonist‚ is expelled from Pencey Preparatory School. Holden quarrels with his roommate‚ Ward Stradlater‚ over his friend‚ Jane Gallagher. The protagonist then travels to New York City‚ but is disillusioned by the superficial people he meets at nightclubs. When Holden decides to travel West‚ his little sister‚ Phoebe‚ begs to come along. The novel ends in a mental institution with Caulfield’s nervous breakdown. The above question is about J.D. Sallinger’s novel‚The Catcher in the Rye (1951)."
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21) Confessional poetry launched by Robert Lowell’s came with his self-revelatory prose and poetry In_____________Studies (1959)‚ which is divided into four parts.
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22) While the political scandal referred to as___________ (1972) underscored Americans’ disillusionment with government‚ The music festival Woodstock (1969) symbolized the American youth revolution.
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23) Anne Sexton used imagery in her Confessional poetry‚ All My Pretty Ones (1962) and Live or Die (1966)‚ concluding that ?images come from the subconscious.? After her nervous breakdown‚ Anne Sexton wrote the Confessional-style book To____________ and Partway Back (1960).
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24) "Which are the characters in the novel The Violent Bear It Away (1960)‚ by Flannery O’Connor? (Click all that apply.)The stench of his behaviour had reached heaven and the Lord Himself had rescued the old man. He had sent him a rage of vision‚ had told him to fly with the orphan boy to the farthest part of the backwoods and raise him up to justify his Redemption. The Lord had assured him a long life and he had snatched the baby from under the schoolteacher’s nose and taken him to live in the clearing‚ Powderhead‚ that he had a title to for his lifetime.The old man‚ who said he was a prophet‚ had raised the boy to expect the Lord’s call himself and to be prepared for the day he would hear it. He had schooled him in the evils that befall prophets; in those that come from the world‚ which are trifling‚ and those that come from the Lord and burn the prophet clean; for he himself had been burned clean and burned clean again. He had learned by fire."
25) During World War II‚ Norman __________wrote the Naturalistic novel The Naked and the Dead (1948) from his experiences in the Philippines. The characters include Sergeant Croft‚ Lieutenant Hearn‚ and Private Valson. It concerns 13 American soldiers‚ led by General Cummings‚ who invade the island Anopopei‚ which is controlled by the Japanese.
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26) " Esther claims that she could think about only one thing: ____________ ;Despite her good-paying job and nice clothing‚ (I knew something was wrong with me that summer‚ because all I could think about was the Rosenbergs and how stupid I’d been to buy all those uncomfortable‚ expensive clothes‚ hanging limp as fish in my closet‚ and how all the little successes I’d totted up so happily at college fizzled to nothing outside the slick marble and plate-glass fronts along Madison Avenue.)I was supposed to be having the time of my life.I was supposed to be the envy of thousands of other college girls just like me all over America who wanted nothing more than to be tripping about in those same . . . patent leather shoes I’d bought in Bloomingdale’s one lunch hour . . . . And when my picture came out in the magazine the twelve of us were working on?drinking martinis . . . ‚ on some Starlight Roof‚ in the company of several anonymous young men with all-American bone structures hired or loaned for the occasion?everybody would think I must be having a real whirl.Look what can happen in this country‚ they’d say. A girl lives in some out-of-the-way town for nineteen years‚ so poor she can’t afford a magazine‚ and then she gets a scholarship to college and wins a prize here and a prize there and ends up steering New York like her own private car.Only I wasn’t steering anything‚ not even myself. . . . (I felt very still and very empty‚ the way the eye of a tornado must feel‚ moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.)"
27) "Confessional poet Sylvia Plath wrote the mostly autobiographical novel The__________ Jar (1963) based on the experiences she had during the electroshock treatments prone to depression. At age 30 she wrote the angry poetry in Ariel (1966)‚ Prior to committing suicide."
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28) This plot is from the play___________ Under the Elms (1924)‚ by Eugene O’Neill.The miserly old Ephraim Cabot inherited a farm at his second wife’s death. When Ephraim marries a third time (at age 75) to young Abbie Putnam‚ Ephraim’s sons from his first marriage‚ Simeon and Peter‚ sell their shares to the farm to their half-brother‚ Eben (from Ephraim’s second wife)‚ and move to California. Desiring a child to inherit Ephraim’s wealth‚ Abbie seduces Eben and becomes pregnant. When Ephraim names the child heir to his property‚ Abbie kills the boy to show her love for Eben. Eben reports Abbie to the police‚ but upon realizing his love for her‚ pretends to have assisted in the murder. Ephraim is left alone as the police escort the two away.
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29) TIn Miller’s symbolic masterpiece‚ Death of a Salesman (1949)‚ Willy___________ struggles to pursue the American Dream and fulfill his image as family provider‚ neglecting his wife‚ Linda‚ and weakening his sons‚ Biff and Happy. Willy commits suicide to provide his family with his insurance money. This noteworthy Jewish-American playwright Arthur Miller wrote about ethical themes‚ such as the conflict of family with society.
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30) Rabbit at Rest (1990)‚ among the culture of the 1990s‚ shows the Angstrom’s final years: his affair with his daughter-in-law‚ his son’s problems with ‚________________ and ?Rabbit’s? heart attack and death.Set in the 1970s‚ John Updike’s Rabbit Is Rich (1981) is the sad story of Angstrom settling into mid-life and encountering questions about his possible daughter from a former mistress‚ and the pregnancy of his son’s girlfriend.
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