남정현 교수의 2019임용영어 영미문학 일반영어Q-Skill1

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남정현 교수의 2019임용영어 영미문학 일반영어Q-Skill1

남윤혜 기자 | 입력 : 2019/05/13 [14:39]

 남정현 교수의 2019영어임용 영미문학 일반영어Q-Skill1

 

 

 

 

The children in an atmosphere of violence

 

2018학년도 중등학교교사 임용후보자 선정경쟁시험 12교시 전공A 11

 

11. Read the poem and follow the directions.4 points

Rite of Passage

 

As the guests arrive at my son’s party

they gather in the living room

short men, men in first grade

with smooth jaws and chins.

Hands in pockets, they stand around

jostling, jockeying for place, small fights

breaking out and calming. One says to another

How old are you? Six. I’m seven. So?

They eye each other, seeing themselves

tiny in the other’s pupils. They clear their

throats a lot, a room of small bankers,

they fold their arms and frown. I could beat you

up, a seven says to a six,

the dark cake, round and heavy as a

turret, behind them on the table. My son,

freckles like specks of nutmeg* on his cheeks,

chest narrow as the balsa* keel of a

model boat, long hands

cool and thin as the day they guided him

out of me, speaks up as a host

for the sake of the group.

We could easily kill a two-year-old,

he says in his clear voice. The other

men agree, they clear their throats

like Generals, they relax and get down to

playing war, celebrating my son’s life.

 

*nutmeg: a powdered brown spice

*balsa: a tropical American tree or the wood from this tree

 

Considering the title of the poem, explain why the speaker describes the guests as “short men” (line 3), not little boys. Then, complete the commentary below with the TWO most appropriate consecutive words from the poem.

 

The birthday cake shaped like “a turret” juxtaposes playfulness and violence because a birthday cake evokes enjoyment, whereas the word “turret” reminds us of a military weapon. In a related way, the activity _____________ of can be interpreted to symbolize the same contradictory elements.

 

 

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