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

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Example Question #43 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of Brideshead Revisited?

Possible Answers:

Decline and Fall

A Handful of Dust

The Loved One

The Quiet American

Scoop

Correct answer:

The Quiet American

Explanation:

Decline and Fall (1928), A Handful of Dust (1934), Scoop (1938), and The Loved One (1948) are all by Evelyn Waugh. The Quiet American is a 1955 novel by the English author Graham Greene.

Example Question #21 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following is not another work by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Possible Answers:

Art Objects: Essays in Ecstasy and Effrontery

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Lighthousekeeping

The Bloody Chamber

Sexing the Cherry

Correct answer:

The Bloody Chamber

Explanation:

Jeanette Winterson wrote the novels Sexing the Cherry (1989) and Lighthousekeeping (2004),the essay Art Objects: Essays in Ecstasy and Effrontery (1995), and the memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011). The Bloody Chamber is a 1979 collection of short stories by the English author Angela Carter.

Example Question #22 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who wrote The Remains of the Day?

Possible Answers:

Kiran Desai

Yann Martel

Kazuo Ishiguro

Arundhati Roy

Salman Rushdie

Correct answer:

Kazuo Ishiguro

Explanation:

The Remains of the Day (1989)is a novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It concerns Lord Darlington’s butler Stevens and his relationship with a housekeeper in the days leading up to World War II.

Arundhati Roy won the 1999 Man Booker for The God of Small Things (1997), Kiran Desai won the Booker in 2006 for The Inheritance of Loss (2006), Salman Rushdie won the Booker in 1981 for Midnight's Children (1981), and Yann Martel is Canadian.

Example Question #23 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of The Remains of the Day?

Possible Answers:

The Unconsoled

Never Let Me Go

The Inheritance of Loss

The Buried Giant

An Artist of the Floating World

Correct answer:

The Inheritance of Loss

Explanation:

Never Let Me Go (2005), The Buried Giant (2015), An Artist of the Floating World (1986), and The Unconsoled (1995) are all by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Inheritance of Loss (2006) is by Kiran Desai.

Example Question #24 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who wrote White Teeth?

Possible Answers:

Hilary Mantel

A.S. Byatt

Zadie Smith

Kiran Desai

Kate Atkinson

Correct answer:

Zadie Smith

Explanation:

Zadie Smith wrote White Teeth (2000),a novel about two London families, race, immigration, love, and religion.

Kiran Desai is the author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998), Hilary Mantel is the author of Bring up the Bodies (2012), A.S. Byatt is the author of Morpho Eugenia (1992), and Kate Atkinson is the author of Emotionally Weird (2000).

Example Question #25 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who wrote I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

Kingsley Amis

Ian McEwan

Graham Greene

Robert Graves

Thomas Hardy

Correct answer:

Robert Graves

Explanation:

I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by the Latin/Greek translator and historical fiction author Robert Graves.

Kingsley Amis is the author of Lucky Jim (1954) (he was also Martin Amis's father), Ian McEwan is the author of First Love, Last Rites (1975), Thomas Hardy is the author of Jude the Obscure (1895), and Graham Greene is the author of The Third Man (1950).

Example Question #26 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following major events occurs in I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

the Trojan War

the Punic Wars

Hannibal’s crossing the Alps

the assassination of Caligula

the burning of the Library of Alexandria

Correct answer:

the assassination of Caligula

Explanation:

Robert Graves's I, Claudius (1934)takes the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. It was the assassination of the Emperor Caligula that led to Claudius’ ascent to power. All of the other events listed here occurred well before the reign of Claudius.

Example Question #27 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Which of the following authors was a source for I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

Herodotus

Xenophon

Homer

Plutarch

Thucydides

Correct answer:

Plutarch

Explanation:

The ancient Greek historian Plutarch as well as the Roman historian Suetonius provided much of the background material for I, Claudius (1934). None of the others writers would have had information about Emperor Claudius, since he was not born until after their deaths.

Example Question #28 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who is the author of Atonement?

Possible Answers:

Ian McEwan

Kazuo Ishiguro

Pat Barker

Julian Barnes

Martin Amis

Correct answer:

Ian McEwan

Explanation:

Atonement (2001) is Ian McEwan’s eighth novel.

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of A Pale View of Hills (1982), Martin Amis is the author of Dead Babies (1975), Julian Barnes is the author of Arthur and George (2005), and Pat Barker is the author of the Regeneration Trilogy (1991, 1993, 1995).

Example Question #29 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

During what decade was Atonement published?

Possible Answers:

2000s

1970s

1990s

1980s

1960s

Correct answer:

2000s

Explanation:

Ian McEwan's Atonement was published in 2001, the same year that it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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