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

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Example Question #55 : Contexts Of Prose

During what war is Atonement set?

Possible Answers:

World War I

The Revolutionary War

The War of Austrian Succession

World War II

The Jacobite uprising

Correct answer:

World War II

Explanation:

Ian McEwan's Atonement is set partly in 1935 and partly in present-day England, but a significant portion of the action occurs during World War II in both France and England.

Example Question #31 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who is the author of Brideshead Revisited?

Possible Answers:

Ian McEwan

D.H. Lawrence

Evelyn Waugh

Graham Greene

Kingsley Amis

Correct answer:

Evelyn Waugh

Explanation:

Brideshead Revisited (1945) is Evelyn Waugh’s most famous novel and the work he considered his magnum opus.

Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim (1954), Graham Greene wrote The Third Man (1950), Ian McEwan wrote Solar (2010), and D.H Lawrence wrote Sons and Lovers (1913).

Example Question #32 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

During what decade is Brideshead Revisited mainly set?

Possible Answers:

1840s

1880s

1900s

1920s

1860s

Correct answer:

1920s

Explanation:

Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1945) begins in the 1920s in Britain and concludes in the late 1940s, shortly after the end of World War II.

Example Question #33 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

Who is the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Possible Answers:

A.S. Byatt

Hilary Mantel

Jeanette Winterson

Angela Carter

Zadie Smith

Correct answer:

Jeanette Winterson

Explanation:

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) is Jeanette Winterson’s acclaimed first novel. It is a coming of age story about an adopted lesbian girl in a Pentecostal community in England and contains themes of sexuality and gender normativity as well as elements of autobiography.

Angela Carter wrote Love (1971), Hilary Mantel wrote Wolf Hall (2009), Zadie Smith wrote White Teeth (2000), and A.S Byatt wrote The Shadow of the Sun (1964).

Example Question #34 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

During what decade was Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit published?

Possible Answers:

1990s

1950s

1960s

1980s

1970s

Correct answer:

1980s

Explanation:

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was published in 1985 and won a Whitbread Award for a First Novel the same year. 

Example Question #35 : Contexts Of British Prose After 1925

What genre of novel is Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Possible Answers:

mythopoeia

magic realism

suspense

bildungsroman

roman à clef

Correct answer:

bildungsroman

Explanation:

Another term for a coming-of-age novel is a bildungsroman. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) concerns the coming-of-age of its lesbian protagonist, Jeanette.

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