GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of British Prose After 1925

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Example Question #31 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following modernist British novels does not include an important love affair?

Possible Answers:

Lady Chatterly’s Lover

The Heart of the Matter

Brideshead Revisited

1984

A Clockwork Orange

Correct answer:

A Clockwork Orange

Explanation:

All of the above books except A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, feature some form of adultery or romantic secrecy.

Example Question #32 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following contemporary British novels does not include an important love affair?

Possible Answers:

White Teeth

Never Let Me Go

The Satanic Verses

Wolf Hall

None of these choices

Correct answer:

None of these choices

Explanation:

All of the above novels feature important love affairs. In Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, there are several significant acts of adultery or romantic secrecy. In Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian Never Let Me Go, the three main characters are involved in a love triangle. In Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, one of the two protagonists pursues the mountaineer he is in love with. In Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the infamous Henry VIII pursues romantic dalliances with various women.

Example Question #33 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was The Remains of the Day published and awarded the Man Booker Prize?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1950s

1980s

1940s

1970s

Correct answer:

1980s

Explanation:

The Remains of the Day was published in 1989, and it won the Booker Prize that same year. It is Kazuo Ishiguro’s third novel.

Example Question #34 : Contexts Of Prose

What country was the author of The Remains of the Day born in?

Possible Answers:

Indonesia

North Korea

Japan

South Africa

China

Correct answer:

Japan

Explanation:

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan. He moved to England with his family when he was five years old and is considered an English author.

Example Question #35 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was White Teeth published?

Possible Answers:

2010s

2000s

1990s

1980s

1970s

Correct answer:

2000s

Explanation:

White Teeth, Zadie Smith’s first novel, was published in 2000 and won the Whitbread Book Award for a first novel, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize the same year.

Example Question #11 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following is not another work by the author of White Teeth?

Possible Answers:

On Beauty

The Autograph Man

NW

Possession

The Embassy of Cambodia

Correct answer:

Possession

Explanation:

The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), NW (2012), The Embassy of Cambodia (2013) are all by Zadie Smith. Possession (1990) is a novel by the English author A.S. Byatt.

Example Question #42 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was I, Claudius published?

Possible Answers:

1920s

1940s

1930s

1900s

1910s

Correct answer:

1930s

Explanation:

I, Claudius was published in 1934.

Example Question #43 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following historical figures does not appear in I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

Nero

King Herod

Homer

Caligula

Emperor Augustus

Correct answer:

Homer

Explanation:

All of the above figures were contemporaries of the Emperor Claudius (10 BCE to 54 CE) except for Homer (c.800 BCE to c.750 BCE).

Example Question #12 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of Atonement?

Possible Answers:

 Solar

Enduring Love

The Sense of an Ending

The Cement Garden

Saturday

Correct answer:

The Sense of an Ending

Explanation:

The Sense of an Ending is a 2011 novel by Julian Barnes. Enduring Love (1997), Saturday (2005), Solar (2010), and The Cement Garden (1978) are all by Ian McEwan.

Example Question #45 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was Brideshead Revisited published?

Possible Answers:

1910s

1930s

1940s

1920s

1950s

Correct answer:

1940s

Explanation:

Brideshead Revisited was written after the author’s parachute accident in 1943 and was published in 1945.

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