Soal Latihan dan Jawaban Reading Comprehension 82

Monday, March 26th, 2012 - reading comprehension

With Robert Laurent and William Zorach, direct carving enters into the story of

modern sculpture in the United States. Direct carving – in which the sculptors

themselves carve stone or wood with mallet and chisel – must be recognized as

something more than just a technique. Implicit in it is an aesthetic principle as well

(5)  that the medium has certain qualities of beauty and expressiveness with which

sculptors must bring their own aesthetic sensibilities into harmony. For example,

sometimes the shape or veining in a piece of stone or wood suggests, perhaps even

dictates, not only the ultimate form, but even the subject matter.

 

The technique of direct carving was a break with the nineteenth-century tradition in

(10)  which the making of a clay model was considered the creative act and the work was

then turned over to studio assistants to be cast in plaster or bronze or carved in marble.

Neoclassical sculptors seldom held a mallet or chisel in their own hands, readily

conceding that the assistants they employed were far better than they were at carving

the finished marble.

 

(15)  With the turn-of-the-century Crafts movement and the discovery of nontraditional

sources of inspiration, such as wooden African figures and masks, there arose a new

urge for hands-on, personal execution of art and an interaction with the medium. Even

as early as the 1880’s and 1890’s, nonconformist European artists were attempting

direct carving. By the second decade of the twentieth century, Americans – Laurent

(20)  and Zorach most notably – had adopted it as their primary means of working.

 

Born in France, Robert Laurent(1890-1970) was a prodigy who received his

education in the United States. In 1905 he was sent to Paris as an apprentice to an art

dealer, and in the years that followed he witnessed the birth of Cubism, discovered

primitive art, and learned the techniques of woodcarving from a frame maker.

 

(25)  Back in New York City by 1910, Laurent began carving pieces such as The

Priestess, which reveals his fascination with African, pre-Columbian, and South

Pacific art. Taking a walnut plank, the sculptor carved the expressive, stylized design.

It is one of the earliest examples of direct carving in American sculpture. The plank’s

form dictated the rigidly frontal view and the low relief. Even its irregular shape must

(30) have appealed to Laurent as a break with a long-standing tradition that required a

sculptor to work within a perfect rectangle or square.

 

Reading Comprehension 82

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Question 1
The word "medium" in line 5 could be used to refer to
A
principle
B
stone or wood
C
technique
D
mallet and chisel
Question 2
What is one of the fundamental principles of direct carving?
A
The material is an important element in a sculpture.
B
The subject of a sculpture should be derived from classical stories.
C
A sculptor must work with talented assistants.
D
Designing a sculpture is a more creative activity than carving it.
Question 3
The word "dictates" in line 8 is closest in meaning to
A
reads aloud
B
includes
C
determines
D
records
Question 4
How does direct carving differ from the nineteenth-century tradition of sculpture?
A
Sculptors are personally involved in the carving of a piece.
B
Sculptors have replaced the mallet and chisel with other tools.
C
Sculptors find their inspiration in neoclassical sources.
D
Sculptors receive more formal training.
Question 5
The word "witnessed" in line 23 is closest in meaning to
A
validated
B
observed
C
studied
D
influenced
Question 6
Where did Robert Laurent learn to carve?
A
The South Pacific
B
Africa
C
New York
D
Paris.
Question 7
The phrase "a break with" in line 30 is closest in meaning to
A
a collapse of
B
a departure from
C
a solution to
D
a destruction of
Question 8
The piece titled The Priestess has all of the following characteristics EXCEPT:
A
The design is stylized.
B
The carving is not deep.
C
It is made of marble.
D
It depicts the front of a person.
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