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John | 21st Aug 2010, 13:53 PM | HKDSE英文科練習 | (3007 Reads)

This is an exercise modeled on the HKDSE Information Package.

Answer questions 1-13 using information from the following lyrics. 

1.          (Backround Humming chorus)

2.          ---

3.          (Evita:)

4.          It won't be easy, you'll think it strange

5.          When I try to explain how I feel

6.          that I still need your love after all that I've done

7.          ---

8.          You won't believe me

9.          All you will see is a girl you once knew

10.      Although she's dressed up to the nines

11.      At sixes and sevens with you

12.      ---

13.      I had to let it happen, I had to change

14.      Couldn't stay all my life down at heel

15.      Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

16.      ---

17.      So I chose freedom

18.      Running around, trying everything new

19.      But nothing impressed me at all

20.      I never expected it to

21.      ---

22.      Chorus:

23.      ---

24.      Don't cry for me Argentina

25.      The truth is I never left you

26.      All through my wild days

27.      My mad existence

28.      I kept my promise

29.      Don't keep your distance

30.      ---

31.      And as for fortune, and as for fame

32.      I never invited them in

33.      Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

34.      ---

35.      They are illusions

36.      They are not the solutions they promised to be

37.      The answer was here all the time

38.      I love you and hope you love me

39.      ---

40.      Don't cry for me Argentina

41.      ---

42.      (Backround Humming chorus)

43.      ---

44.      (chorus)

45.      ---

46.      Have I said too much?

47.      There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.

48.      But all you have to do is look at me to know

49.      That every word is true

Questions:

1.          Do you think the character portrayed in the song/lyrics is a male or a female?

Answer: ________

2.          The character portrayed in the song may actually be a _______

A.      a politician

B.      a doctor

C.      a clerk

D.     a fortune-teller

3.          What is the tone of the lyrics?

A.      brisk 

B.      emotional

C.      matter-of-fact

D.     reproachful

4.          What do you think the character portrayed desires most?

A.      fame and fortune

B.      wild days

C.      love of the audience

D.     new experience

5.          Look through the lyrics for words or expressions to match these definitions:

a.      shed tears

 
b.      a state of confusion or disarray 
c.       the highest standards 
d.      something that appear to be a particular things but is in reality something else 
e.      shabbily dressed because of poverty 

6.          Which line is used to imply that the character portrayed thought that he/she was loyal to his/her own words all along?

Line ________

7.          What do you think the lyrics of the song refer to?

A.      a girl’s relationship with her boyfriend

B.      a boy’s relationship with his girlfriend

C.      a statesman’s relationship with his/her fellow countrymen

D.     an old man/woman’s relationship with his/her child

8.          The opening line of the lyrics reads: “It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange” What function do you think the opening line is intended to serve?

A.      to give a positive image

B.      to convey a sense of loneliness

C.      to highlight a sense of struggle

D.     to grab attention

9.          “All you will see is a girl you once knew” (line 9) conveys a sense of____.

A.      sincerity

B.      enchantment

C.      strength

D.     urgency

10.      The lines “I had to let it happen (line 13)”; and “Have I said too much? (line 45)” sounds_______.

A.      contrived

B.      spontaneous

C.      awful

D.     sickening

11.      Read the following excerpt (lines 4-6) carefully and decide if the following is true (T), false (T) or not stated (X).  Fill the appropriate symbols in the boxes below:

“It won't be easy, you'll think it strangeWhen I try to explain how I feel that I still need your love after all that I've done.”

A.      It won’t be easy for you to make an explanation. ________

B.      You’ll feel it strange when I explain that I still need your love. _______

C.      You will not love me after all. _______

12.      Based on the lyrics, do you think the character is somewhat a controversial person?  Quote TWO parts of the lyrics to support your views._________________________________________________________________

13.      How did the character portrayed see fame and fortune?

A.      They are illusions. (line 34)

B.      They are solutions.

C.      They are promises.

D.     They are love and hopes.  

Answer Key:

1.      Do you think the character portrayed in the song/lyrics is a male or a female?

Answer: A femaleThe clue is in line 9: All you will see is a GIRL you once knew

2.      The character portrayed in the song may actually be a _______

A.      a politician (從政者)(as shown in line 39 “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, and Argentina is a country.)

B.      a doctor

C.      a clerk

D.     a fortune-teller

3.      What is the tone of the lyrics?

A.      brisk (活潑輕快的)

B.      emotional(表現強烈情感的)

C.      matter-of-fact(事情性的)

D.     reproachful (責備的)

4.      What do you think the character portrayed desires most?

A.      fame and fortune

B.      wild days

C.      love of the audience (The clue is in line 37: I love you and hope you love me)

D.     new experience

5.      Look through the lyrics for words or expressions to match these definitions:

a.      shed tears

cry
b.      a state of confusion or disarrayat sixes and sevens (亂七八糟)
c.       the highest standardsto the nines(完美)
d.      something that appear to be a particular things but is in reality something elseillusion(幻象)
e.      shabbily dressed because of povertydown at heel(也可寫作down-at-heeldown-at-the-heel,想想,「在鞋底」是甚麽情況?意指因貧窮而樣子襤褸邋遢,但歌詞中的Couldn't stay all my life down at heel似非純指外表,有點像廣東話「唔可以一世俾人踩住/無出息」。)

6.      Which line is used to imply that the character portrayed thought that he/she was loyal to his/her own words all along?

Line 27 (I kept my promise).

7.      What do you think the lyrics of the song refer to?

A.      a girl’s relationship with her boyfriend

B.      a boy’s relationship with his girlfriend

C.      a statesman’s relationship with his/her fellow countrymen

D.     an old man/woman’s relationship with his/her child

8.      The opening line of the lyrics reads: “It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange” What function do you think the opening line is intended to serve?

A.      to give a positive image (顯示正面形象)

B.      to convey a sense of loneliness(表達孤獨的感覺)

C.      to highlight a sense of struggle(強調鬥爭的感覺)

D.     to grab attention (歌詞開始就說,「不會容易的,你會覺得奇怪的」,為甚麽「不容易」?為甚麽「會奇怪」?這種寫法很能吸引聽者注意。)

9.      “All you will see is a girl you once knew” (line 9) conveys a sense of____.

A.      sincerity(你會見到的,仍是那個你從前認識的小女孩。這句話給人「真誠」的感覺)

B.      enchantment(魅力)

C.      strength

D.     urgency

10.  The lines “I had to let it happen (line 13)”; and “Have I said too much? (line 45)” sounds_______.

A.      contrived(勉強的)

B.      spontaneous(率真的;自發的;在文中給人仿似突然想起、衝口而出的感覺)

C.      awful (糟糕的)

D.     sickening(令人厭惡的)

11.  Read the following excerpt (lines 4-6) carefully and decide if the following is true (T), false (T) or not stated (X).  Fill the appropriate symbols in the boxes below:

“It won't be easy, you'll think it strangeWhen I try to explain how I feel that I still need your love after all that I've done.”

A.      It won’t be easy for you to make an explanation.  F

B.      You’ll feel it strange when I explain that I still need your love.  T

C.      You will not love me after all.  X

12.  Based on the lyrics, do you think the character is somewhat a controversial person?  Quote TWO parts of the lyrics to support your views.

Yes, the character is somewhat controversial, as shown in the lyrics (1) When I try to explain how I feel that I still need your love after all that I've done (lines 5-6); (2) “My mad existence” (line 26); // (3) “All through my wild days” (line 25) (4) “And as for fortune, and as for fame I never invited them in. Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired.” (lines 30-32) // (Any TWO of the above)

13.  How did the character portrayed see fame and fortune?

A.      They are illusions. (line 34)

B.      They are solutions.

C.      They are promises.

D.     They are love and hopes. 

Background information

This song portrays Eva Peron, the mother of Argentina(這首歌說的是阿根廷國母伊娃貝隆).  Born illegitimately (非婚生的,即係私生女)of a humble origins (起於低微)in a peasant village in 1919, Evita aspired to(渴望;希冀)become an actress and went to Buenos Aires(阿根廷首都布宜諾斯埃利斯)at the age of 15 where she became a courtesan to many menD男人排隊媾佢/裙下之神眾多after undistinguished(「騎呢」)attempts at modeling, acting in plays and radio and eventually the movies(起初都係做D騎呢野、做「靚」模、演劇、播音,最後上大銀幕所以,點解要歧視「靚」模呢?都係工作啫!.  Eva met Colonel Juan Peron(懈候貝隆上校)in 1943.  Both Eva and Peron were ambitious(雄心勃勃)and suited each other well/the two were made for each other(兩個好啱key/是天造地設的一對碧人.  They married in 1945.  Eva led Juan's campaign for the presidency(領導貝龍的總統選舉工程)by appealing to the poor and underprivileged citizens   of Argentina(爭取窮人和弱勢人士的支持).  Peron became president in 1946.  Unfortunately, Eva was tragically cut down in her prime 盛年早逝,令人惋息and died from cancer in 1952, aged 33. 

Known affectionately (親切地)as Evita among her followers, Eva Peron preached social justice(傳揚社會公義).  Loathed by the elite but adored by the downtrodden (精英憎佢,但被壓迫踐踏的普羅崇拜佢)for her work with the poor, she stated, "It is not philanthropy, nor is it charity… It is not even social welfare; to me, it is strict justice… I do nothing but return to the poor what the rest of us owe them, because we had taken it away from them unjustly." (這不是仁慈,也不是慈善…甚至不是社會福利;對我來說,這是嚴格的公義…我只不過將我們其他人欠貧窮同胞的還給他們,因為我們曾經違反公義-從他們身上予取予攜。)

By Sinead O’Connor

Madonna - Evita - 11 Don't Cry for Me Argentina (1996)

By Jane Zhang 張靚穎

By Olivia Newton-John

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina別為我哭泣,,阿根廷(歌詞的中譯是姚普光先生的作品)
It won't be easy, you'll think it strange.
When I try to explain how I feel我細訴心底話,大家都會驚訝/that I still need your love after all that I've done 過去曾經犯錯,盼你們仍愛我/You won't believe me你們未必信我/All you will see is a girl you once knew在你們眼中的,是當年舊相識/Although she's dressed up to the nines, At sixes and sevens with you儘管錦衣繡袍,但卻亂七八糟/I had to let it happen, I had to change情非得已,只好如此/Couldn't stay all my life down at heel我想變更一下,不想久居人下/Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun 當年眺望窗外,難見驕陽姿采/So I chose freedom, Running around, trying everything new於是爭取自由,力求創出新猷/But nothing impressed me at all. I never expected it to一切無足輕重,早在意料之中/Chorus: /Don't cry for me Argentina阿根廷,別為我淚盈盈
The truth is I never left you
說句心底話,我從未離開大家/All through my wild daysMy mad existence即使當年任性墮落/I kept my promise我仍遵守承諾/Don't keep your distance請勿和我隔膜/And as for fortune, and as for fameI never invited them in名名利利,我從不希冀
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
世人以為我熱衷名與利/They are illusions. They are not the solutions they promised to be名利如水中月,難把問題解決/The answer was here all the time解決之道,早在這裡為你鋪好/I love you and hope you love me我對你們好,亦希望得到回報/Don't cry for me Argentina阿根廷,別為我淚盈盈/(Backround Humming chorus)/(chorus)/Have I said too much?我是否絮絮不休?/There's nothing more I can think of to say to you我已欲語無言/(最後兩句,請看留言)
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