GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Identification of American Prose After 1925

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Example Question #1 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

Oedipa Maas, Pierce Inverarity, and Dr. Hilarius are characters from which of the following works of literature?

Possible Answers:

The Crying of Lot 49

Finnegans Wake

Catch-22

Breakfast of Champions

Oryx and Crake

Correct answer:

The Crying of Lot 49

Explanation:

Oedipa Maas, Pierce Inverarity, and Dr. Hilarius are some of the main characters in Thomas Pynchon's 1966 novella, The Crying of Lot 49. The story followed Oedipa Maas in particular.

Example Question #2 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

124, Paul D, Baby Suggs, and Denver are characters in which of the following literary works?

Possible Answers:

Frankenstein

Brave New World

The Sirens of Titan

Beloved

The Left Hand of Darkness

Correct answer:

Beloved

Explanation:

These are characters from Toni Morrison's 1987 novel, Beloved. Set shortly after the American Civil War, the book tells the story of escaped slave Sethe and her daughter Denver.

Example Question #3 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

This Pulitzer- and Nobel-Prize winning novelist and three-time recipient of the National Book Award wrote such novels as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog. Who is he?

Possible Answers:

Don DeLillo

William S. Burroughs

Denis Johnson

Saul Bellow

Norman Mailer

Correct answer:

Saul Bellow

Explanation:

This is Saul Bellow. In addition to The Adventures of Augie March (1953) and Herzog (1964), he wrote Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970), Seize the Day (1956), and Humboldt's Gift (1975). Bellow had one of the most prolific and successful literary careers of the 20th century. His first novel was released in 1944 and his last in 2000; he won the National Book Award three times in three decades, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976.

Example Question #4 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

Death Comes for the Archbishop and My Ántonia are by which American author?

Possible Answers:

Joy Williams

Louise Erdrich

Willa Cather

Rachel Carson

Alice Walker

Correct answer:

Willa Cather

Explanation:

This is Willa Cather, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction focused on life on the American frontier, in addition to her many literary honors, Cather's image was also featured on a stamp. Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) is routinely in the discussion as one of the best "Western Novels" of all time, it details the fictional attempts of a Catholic bishop to establish a diocese in frontier New Mexico. My Ántonia (1918) is one of Cather's most highly regarded works, and the last novel in her Prairie Trilogy (the other two being O Pioneers! (1913) and The Song of the Lark (1915)).

Example Question #5 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

Which of the following interconnected short story collections features a nameless recovering drug addict as its central narrator?

Possible Answers:

Winesburg, Ohio

The Things They Carried

A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

Jesus' Son

The Martian Chronicles

Correct answer:

Jesus' Son

Explanation:

This is Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson’s 1992 collection. The book takes its title from the famous Velvet Underground song “Heroin” and discusses addiction in rural America. The collection was adapted into a film of the same name in 1999.

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950), Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (1990), Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio (1918), and Amy Bloom's A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (2000) were all used as alternative answer choices. All of these books are collections of short fiction.

Example Question #6 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

Although best known for the essay collection Notes of a Native Son, this author also wrote an acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel with characters named Sarah, Ruth, Roy, and John. Who is he or she?

Possible Answers:

Alice Walker

Zora Neale Hurston

Ralph Ellison

W.E.B. DuBois

James Baldwin

Correct answer:

James Baldwin

Explanation:

This is James Baldwin, whose books include the essay collection Notes of a Native Son (1955), and the novels Giovanni’s Room (1956), Go Tell It On the Mountain (1953) (Baldwin's first novel, a semi-autobiographical work in which the above characters appear), and Just Above My Head (1979). Baldwin also wrote poetry and plays and was concerned with racial, sexual, cultural, religious, and class identities in twentieth-century America.

Example Question #7 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

This author wrote The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner’s Song. Who is he?

Possible Answers:

Theodore Dreiser

Norman Mailer

Philip Roth

Truman Capote

Hunter S. Thompson

Correct answer:

Norman Mailer

Explanation:

This is Norman Mailer, who is also a journalist, an essay writer, and a screenwriter. He had a noted feud with Truman Capote, another of the options listed in the question.

The Naked and the Dead (1948) was Mailer's first novel, published when he was just 25 years old. The Executioner's Song won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Mailer's last book was published in 2007, making for an impressive fifty-nine year active publishing career.

Example Question #8 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

This author’s renowned 1966 book, In Cold Blood, investigates an unsolved quadruple homicide in Kansas. Who is he?

Possible Answers:

Thomas Pynchon

Hunter S. Thompson

Truman Capote

Tom Wolfe

Philip Roth

Correct answer:

Truman Capote

Explanation:

This is Truman Capote’s book. He was a pioneer in the genre of creative nonfiction, which combines the devices of literary fiction with journalistic reporting. His works of fiction include Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958). In addition to being an author Capote was a noted personality in the 1960s and 70s, appearing frequently on late-night talk shows.

Example Question #9 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

Which of the following novels is about the friendship between two deaf-mute men named John Singer and Spiros Antonapoulous?

Possible Answers:

The Bell Jar

The Awakening

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

The Color Purple

To Kill a Mockingbird

Correct answer:

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Explanation:

The work described is Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, published in 1940 and set in a small town in 1930s Georgia.

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (1961), Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899), and Alice Walker's The Color Purple (1982) were all provided as alternative options.

Example Question #10 : Identification Of American Prose After 1925

This author’s novels include What I Lived For, Black Water, and Blonde. Who is she?

Possible Answers:

Joyce Carol Oates

Louise Erdrich

Carson McCullers

Leslie Marmon Silko

Alice Munro

Correct answer:

Joyce Carol Oates

Explanation:

The stunningly prolific Joyce Carol Oates has published more than forty novels since 1963. She has won countless short story awards, in addition to the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award.

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