GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of World Prose

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Example Question #11 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage?

Possible Answers:

Jeanette Winterson

Ursula K. Le Guin

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Carol Shields

Alice Munro

Correct answer:

Alice Munro

Explanation:

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001) is Alice Munro’s tenth collection of short stories.

Ursula K. LeGuin wrote The Dispossessed (1974), Carol Shields wrote The Stone Diaries (1993), Jeanette Winterson wrote Sexing the Cherry (1989), and Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables (1908).

Example Question #12 : Contexts Of World Prose

To what genre do the stories of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage belong?

Possible Answers:

Mystery

Realism

Science Fiction

Fantasy

Magic Realism

Correct answer:

Realism

Explanation:

Munro’s fiction is characterized first and foremost by a strong realist bent, innovative chronological structures and a spare, unadorned prose style.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage was published in 2001.

Example Question #13 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

During which decade was Love in the Time of Cholera published?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1950s

1970s

1990s

1960s

Correct answer:

1980s

Explanation:

Love in the Time of Cholera was first published in Spanish in 1985 and in English in 1988.

Example Question #13 : Contexts Of World Prose

What country is the author of Independent People from?

Possible Answers:

Norway

Finland

Iceland

Denmark

Sweden

Correct answer:

Iceland

Explanation:

Halldór Laxness is Icelandic – the only Icelandic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

Example Question #14 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of Independent People?

Possible Answers:

The Fish Can Sing

Finn Family Moomintroll

World Light

Under the Glacier

Iceland’s Bell

Correct answer:

Finn Family Moomintroll

Explanation:

Finn Family Moomintroll is a 1948 children’s book by Tove Jansson, the creator of the beloved Moomin creatures. The Fish Can Sing (1957), World Light (1969), Iceland’s Bell (1943), and Under the Glacier (1972) are all by Laxness.

Example Question #15 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of Love in the Time of Cholera?

Possible Answers:

Like Water For Chocolate

One Hundred Years of Solitude

“A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”

Of Love and Other Demons

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Correct answer:

Like Water For Chocolate

Explanation:

Like Water For Chocolate is a 1989 novel by the Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. Of Love and Other Demons was published in 1994, One Hundred Years of Solitude was published in 1967, Chronicle of a Death Foretold was published in 1981, Love in the Time of Cholera was published in 1985, and “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” was published in 1955 – all by Gabriel García Márquez.

Example Question #16 : Contexts Of World Prose

To which of the following genres does Love in the Time of Cholera belong?

Possible Answers:

Science Fiction

Magical Realism

Dadaism

Fantasy

Surrealism

Correct answer:

Magical Realism

Explanation:

Gabriel García Márquez is known primarily as a magical realist writer, and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), one of his most famous novels, is no exception to this blend of everyday realism and unexplained magical events.

Example Question #17 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Independent People?

Possible Answers:

Karl Ove Knausgård

Henrik Ibsen

Halldór Laxness

Tove Jansson

Stieg Larsson

Correct answer:

Halldór Laxness

Explanation:

The poet, playwright, and fiction writer Halldór Laxness (née Halldór Guðjónsson) wrote the novel Independent People (1934), a two-volume work about the difficult lives of impoverished Icelandic farmers in the early 1900s.

Tove Jansson wrote Kometjakten (Comet in Moominland) (1946), Stieg Larsson wrote Män som hatar kvinnor (literally translated as "Men Who Hate Women," published in English under the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) (2005), Karl Ove Knausgård wrote Min Kamp (My Struggle) (2009-2011), and Henrik Ibsen wrote Peer Gynt (1867).

Example Question #18 : Contexts Of World Prose

During what decade was Independent People published?

Possible Answers:

1910s

1930s

1920s

1900s

1890s

Correct answer:

1930s

Explanation:

Halldór Laxness published Independent People in two parts in 1934 and 1935.

Example Question #19 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

Possible Answers:

Banana Yoshimoto

David Mitchell

Yu Hua

Ha Jin

Haruki Murakami

Correct answer:

Haruki Murakami

Explanation:

Published in 1994, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is Haruki Murakami’s eighth novel.

Ha Jin wrote In the Pond (1998), David Mitchell wrote Cloud Atlas (2004), Banana Yoshimoto wrote Hardboiled & Hard Luck (1999), and Yu Hua wrote Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (1995).

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