CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

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Example Question #43 : Fiction

A frequent topic of the novels of Jane Austen was __________.

Possible Answers:

romance

politics

travels

religious themes

the realities of war

Correct answer:

romance

Explanation:

Jane Austen, who published between 1811 and 1816, wrote novels that centered on the romantic interests and pursuits of well-born women in England during the early nineteenth century. Some of her best-known works are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma, which all deal with women finding their husbands.

Example Question #44 : Fiction

Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is stylistically important for its use of __________.

Possible Answers:

the use of both poetry and prose

a twist ending

historical figures

flashbacks

a deus ex machina

Correct answer:

flashbacks

Explanation:

Mary Shelley's landmark gothic novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is told first from the perspective of an explorer who meets the inventor Victor Frankenstein. After an introductory chapter, the story is told by Frankenstein himself in a series of flashbacks, or scenes that take place in the past of the novel's timeframe.

Example Question #45 : Fiction

The American prose work that depicts a whaling crew chasing a legendary beast is __________.

Possible Answers:

Billy Budd, Sailor

Moby Dick; or, The Whale

The Red Badge of Courage

The Last of the Mohicans

The Scarlet Letter

Correct answer:

Moby Dick; or, The Whale

Explanation:

Herman Melville's Moby Dick; or, The Whale, first published in 1851, tells the story of a whaling vessel, led by the intense Captain Ahab, as it tracks down the great white whale who gives the book its name. Told through the perspective of the sailor Ishmael, it is a highly allegorical tale featuring allusions to biblical themes, classical mythology, and historical issues.

Example Question #46 : Fiction

Ebenezer Scrooge is a character created by which author?

Possible Answers:

Edgar Allen Poe

Jane Austen

George Eliot

Charles Dickens

Thomas Hardy

Correct answer:

Charles Dickens

Explanation:

Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character of the novella A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843. The story features three Christmas ghosts who each visit the miserly rich man Scrooge on Christmas Eve night. The three ghosts show Scrooge his past, present, and future, which make him reconsider his life and become more charitable and generous.

Example Question #50 : Fiction

The Russian epic that features the characters Pierre Bezhukov and Andrei Bolkonsky is __________.

Possible Answers:

The Brothers Karamazov

Anna Karenina

Crime and Punishment

War and Peace

Dead Souls

Correct answer:

War and Peace

Explanation:

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace focuses on the lives of two young members of the Russian nobility, Pierre Bezhukov and Andrei Bolkonsky, who struggle with their identities during the Napoleonic wars. Bezhukov is a student who has spent time in Paris, and Bolkonsky is his old friend who is a carouser and bon vivant. War and Peace is considered one of the great novels of world literature.

Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

Which of the following is the novel about a young woman who has a child out of wedlock in colonial New England?

Possible Answers:

Moby Dick; or, The Whale

The Scarlet Letter

The Marble Faun

The Last of the Mohicans

Ethan Frome

Correct answer:

The Scarlet Letter

Explanation:

The Scarlet Letter was written in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who often wrote about the colonial period in his native Massachusetts. The Scarlet Letter is the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman who is castigated by Puritan society for becoming pregnant and refusing to reveal the father of her child. The book's title derives from the bright red "A" she is required to wear by the town's magistrates.

Example Question #2 : Analyzing The Content Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are main characters in what novel?

Possible Answers:

The Three Musketeers

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Bleak House

The Count of Monte Cristo

Les Miserables

Correct answer:

The Three Musketeers

Explanation:

Even though Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are the titular Three Musketeers in Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, the story is told through the point of view of D'Artagnan, a new recruit to the Musketeers of the Guard for French King Louis XIV. Dumas' novel was so popular that the story of D'Artagnan would get picked up in his later works Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne.

Example Question #3 : Analyzing The Content Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

What is the early-nineteenth-century novel about the Bennett sisters’ quest for appropriate marriages?

Possible Answers:

Great Expectations

Emma

Little Women

Northanger Abbey

Pride and Prejudice

Correct answer:

Pride and Prejudice

Explanation:

Pride and Prejudice is perhaps Jane Austen's most famous novel. Like most of her work, it focuses on the romantic travails of upper class women in her own early nineteenth-century England. Pride and Prejudice specifically details the two very different approaches taken by the two Bennett sisters, the suspicious and harsh Elizabeth and the sweet, shy Jane, in finding appropriate marriages.

Example Question #54 : Fiction

The French novel about a man fleeing police after leaving prison in the nineteenth century is __________.

Possible Answers:

The Charterhouse of Parma

The Red and the Black

Les Miserables

Les Chouans

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Correct answer:

Les Miserables

Explanation:

Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Miserables is an epic tale about Jean val Jean, a man who spends years on the run after escaping prison. Val Jean famously enters the harsh French prison system after stealing a loaf of bread, and is chased by the ruthless Inspector Javert. The book uses val Jean's story as a way to deal with French history, taking place from the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 to the June Rebellion of 1832.

Example Question #4 : Analyzing The Content Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

What is the nineteenth-century novel about a Saxon hero in medieval England?

Possible Answers:

Kenilworth

A Tale of Two Cities

Ivanhoe

The Three Musketeers

Frankenstein

Correct answer:

Ivanhoe

Explanation:

Published in 1820, Ivanhoe was Sir Walter Scott's fifth novel. Like his previous novels, it was a historical novel, but it was his first to focus on the medieval era. Telling the story of the roguish hero Wilfred of Ivanhoe during the last part of the twelfth century, Scott's book brought about a revival of interest in medievalism, chivalry, and Anglo-Saxon England during the nineteenth century in Britain.

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