AP World History : Cultural History

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP World History

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Example Question #4 : Literature, Art, And Architecture 1900 To Present

Which of the following authors wrote The Stranger, a book considered by many to be a seminal work of existentialism?

Possible Answers:

Geoffrey Chaucer

Ernest Hemingway

Jonathan Swift

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Albert Camus

Correct answer:

Albert Camus

Explanation:

Hemingway and Fitzgerald were writers during the Lost Generation, when Existentialism was extremely popular, however neither of them wrote the book in question, so they would not be good choices. Chaucer and Swift lived before Existentialism existed, so they could not possibly be contenders for the author. Lastly, Camus is arguably most famous for The Stranger, and as such he is the best choice.

Example Question #5 : Literature, Art, And Architecture 1900 To Present

Which of the following writers cannot be classified as a practitioner of literary Modernism?

Possible Answers:

T.S Eliot

James Joyce

Virginia Woolf

William Faulkner

All of these writers are noted practitioners of Modernism

Correct answer:

All of these writers are noted practitioners of Modernism

Explanation:

The correct answer is "none of the other answers" because the 4 writers listed are all canon practitioners of literary Modernism. Modernism, as an artistic school, has been a major movement in visual art, architecture, and the literary arts, but the movement had different manifestations and occurred at different times.

Example Question #6 : Literature, Art, And Architecture 1900 To Present

The Nobel Prize for Literature was first awarded in 1901 and has been awarded in all but seven of the past hundred and fifteen years since.

Which country has the most Nobel Prize winners for Literature? 

Possible Answers:

Sweden

United Kingdom

Germany

France

United States

Correct answer:

France

Explanation:

France has the most Nobel Prize winners for literature with 15. The rest of the list is as follows: USA (10), UK (10), Germany (8), Sweden (6). 

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