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6. The “Chicago beef – princess” (lines 39 – 40) can best be described as representing the Chicago upper class by way of which literacy device?

(A) Anachronism

(B) Simile

(C) Apostrophe

(D) Metaphor

(E) Neologism

7. The phrase “maternal fatuity” (line 42 – 43) , suggests that

(A) John will not need linen suits and electric fans at St. Midas՚s.

(B) John՚s mother packed frantically and ineffectively.

(C) John՚s mother was excessively doting.

(D) John resented his mother packing for him.

(E) John never enjoyed linen suits or electric fans.

8. From the conversation between john and his father in paragraphs 3 – 6, it can be inferred that John feels

(A) Rejected and angry.

(B) Melancholic but composed.

(C) Impassive and indifferent.

(D) Resigned but filled with dread.

(E) Relieved but apprehensive.

9. John՚s meditation on the town՚s sign in paragraph 6 serves in the passage primarily to suggest a contrast between

(A) John՚s love of Victorian things and his father՚s love of modern things.

(B) His father՚s commercialism and John՚s sentimentality.

(C) John՚s previous role as a part of the town and his new role as nostalgic outsider.

(D) His father՚s naivety and John՚s pragmatism.

(E) The old – fashioned atmosphere in the town before John՚s father influenced it and its current modernity.

10. The names Hades, St. Midas, and Unger suggest that the passage can be considered a (n)

(A) Epic poem

(B) Euphemism

(C) Aphorism

(D) Satire.

(E) Allegory.

This passage discusses the work of Abe Kobo, a Japanese novelist of the twentieth century.

Abe Kobo is One of the Great Writers
5Abe Kobo is one of the great writers of postwar Japan. His literature is richer, less predictable, and wider – ranging than that of his famed contemporaries, Mishima Yukio and Nobel laureate One Kenzaburo.
10It is infused with the passion and strangeness of his experiences in Manchuria, which was a Japanese colony on mainland china before world War II. Abe spent his childhood and much of his
15Youth in Manchuria, and, as a result, the orbit of his work would be far less controlled by the oppressive gravitational pull of the themes of furusato (home – town) and the emperor than his
20Contemporaries՚.

Abe, like most of the sons of Japa-nese families living in Manchuria, did return to Japan for schooling. He entered medical school in Tokyo in 1944 – just in

25Time to forge himself a medical certificate claiming ill health; this allowed him to avoid fighting in the war that japan was already losing and return to Manchuria. When japan lost the war, however, it also
30Lost its Manchurian colony. The Japanese living there were attacked by the soviet Army and various guerrilla bands. They suddenly found themselves refuges, desperate for food. Many unfit men were
35Abandoned in the Manchurian desert. At this apocalyptic time, Abe lost his father to cholera.

He returned to maintained Japan once more, where the young were turning to

40Marxism as a rejection of the militarism of the war. After a brief, unsuccessful stint at medical school, he become part of a Marxist group of Avant – grade artists. His work at this time was passionate and
45Outspoken on political matters, adopting black humor as its mode of critique. During this time, Abe worked in the genres of theater, music, and photography. Eventually, he mimeographed fifty
50Copies of his first “published” literary work, entitled Anonymous Poems, in 1947. It was a politically charged set of poems dedicated to the memory of his father and friends who had died in Manchuria.
55Shortly thereafter, he published his first novel, For a signpost at the End of a Road, which imagined another life for his best friend who had died in the Manchuria desert. Abe was also active in the
60Communist Party, organizing literary groups for working – men.

Unfortunately, most of this radical early work is unknown outside japan and underappreciated even in japan.

65In early 1962, Abe was dismissed from the Japanese Liberalist Party. Four months later, he published the work that would blind us to his earlier oeuvre, Woman in the Dunes. It was director Teshigahara
70Hiroshi՚s film adaptation of Woman in the Dunes that brought Abe՚s work to the international stage. The movie՚s fame has wrongly led readers to view the novel as Abe՚s masterpiece. It would be more
75Accurate to say that the novel simply marked a turning point in his career, when Abe turned away from the experimental and heavily political work of his earlier career. Fortunately, he did not
80Then turn to furusato and the emperor after all, but rather began a somewhat more realistic exploration of his continuing obsession with homelessness and alienation.
85Not completely a stranger to his earlier commitment to Marxism, Abe turned his attention, beginning in the sixties, to the effects on the individual of Japan՚s rapidly urbanizing, growth – driven, increasingly
Corporate society.

11. The word “infused” in line 6 most closely means

(A) Illuminated.

(B) Saturated.

(C) Influenced.

(D) Bewildered.

(E) Nuanced.

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