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Rupert Brooke is dead. A telegram from the Admiral at Lemnos tells
us that this life has closed at the moment when it seemed to have
reached its springtime. A voice had become audible, a note had
been struck, more true, more thrilling, more able to do justice
to the nobility of our youth in arms engaged in this present war,
than any other more able to express their thoughts of self-surrender,
and with a power to carry comfort to those who watch them so intently
from afar. The voice has been swiftly stilled. Only the echoes
and the memory remain; but they will linger.
During the last few months of his life, months of preparation in gallant
comradeship and open air, the poet-soldier told with all the simple force
of genius the sorrow of youth about to die, and the sure triumphant consolations
of a sincere and valiant spirit. He expected to die: he was willing to die
for the dear England whose beauty and majesty he knew: and he advanced towards
the brink in perfect serenity, with absolute conviction of the rightness
of his country's cause and a heart devoid of hate for fellow-men.
The thoughts to which he gave expression in the very few incomparable war
sonnets which he has left behind will be shared by many thousands of young
men moving resolutely and blithely forward in this, the hardest, the cruelest,
and the least-rewarded of all the wars that men have fought. They are a whole
history and revelation of Rupert Brooke himself. Joyous, fearless, versatile,
deeply instructed, with classic symmetry of mind and body, ruled by high
undoubting purpose, he was all that one would wish England's noblest sons
to be in the days when no sacrifice but the most precious is acceptable,
and the most precious is that which is most freely proffered.
1. According to the passage, Rupert Brooke
I. a writer
II. a soldier
III. a scientist
(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II
(D) I and III
(E) I, II, and III
2. What does the author mean by "this
life has closed at the moment when it seemed to have reached its
(A) Brooke's life ended when he began to reach his artistic prime.
(B) Brooke suddenly died just as he was becoming a great solider.
(C) Brooke spoke for many young English men during wartime.
(D) Brooke had learned very much by the time he died.
(E) Brooke died in springtime before he could see the war end.
3. What is the author referring to when he says "no sacrifice but
the most precious" in the last sentence?
(C) human life
4. We can infer from the passage
that Rupert Brooke was:
5. The tone of this passage is: