Ⅰ. True or false questions. Write a “T” in front of a statement if it is true according to the passage and write an “F” if it is false.
________1) It took Miggel de Cervantes nearly ten years to complete Don Quixote.
________2) Don Quixote is one of the world’s most famous works of literature.
________3) The writer used Don Quixote to attack traditional chivalry.
________4) Cervantes was put to prison for his attack on tradition.
________5) Hero Don Quixote borrowed some language and behavior from Cervantes’ fellow prisoners.
________6) Don Quixote realistically presents the mid-17th century Spain.
________7) Don Quixote is both timeless and universal.
________8) “Quixote” was borrowed from the English word “quixotic”, meaning “ pursuing lofty dreams”.
Ⅱ.Spot dictation. Listen to the passage again and fill in the blanks with the information you’re heard.
It (Don Quixote) is the story of a 1)_________ knight named Don Quixote, who 2)____________himself to be on a 3)__________quest to 4)_____________wrongs and defend the 5)_________. He is accompanied by his 6)______________squire Sancho Panza who’s as 7)__________and 8)__________as his master is 9)___________ and 10)______________. At the story’s end, the two reverse roles: a 11)_________ Don Quixote claims to see the 12)___________ of his efforts, while Sancho Panze 13)___________him to remain 14)_________to his 15)_________.
In 1615, Spanish writer Miggel de Cervantes published the final portion of Don Quixote, a novel he’d been writing for more than a decade. The book would become one of the world’s most celebrated works of literature. It’s the story of a self-styled knight named Don Quixote, who imagines himself to be on a noble quest to right wrongs and defend the oppressed. He is accompanied by his loyal squire Sancho Panza who’s as practical and down -to –earth as his master is selfless and otherworldly. At the story’s end, the two reverse roles: a dying Don Quixote claims to see the folly of his efforts,while Sancho Panza urges him to remain true to his ideas.
In the introduction to his story, Miguel de Cervantes described Don Quixote as an attack on traditional stories of chivalry. He began writing it while in prison for financial wrongdoing, and the language and behavior of his fellow prisoners helped inspire some of the novel’s characters. While it has been described as a realistic view of early 17th century Spain, Don Quixote has also been hailed as timeless and universal. It’s given the English language words like “quixotic”, used to refer to the pursuit of an impossible goal. And in 1965, it inspired a popular musical called Man of La Mancha, that dramatized the nobility, as well as the foolishness, of pursuing lofty dreams.