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

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Example Question #21 : Contexts Of World Prose

What country is the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle from?

Possible Answers:

China

Japan

North Korea

South Korea

Vietnam

Correct answer:

Japan

Explanation:

Haruki Murakami is a contemporary Japanese novelist. He was born in Kyoto. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was published in 1994.

Example Question #21 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

Possible Answers:

A Wild Sheep Chase

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Kafka on the Shore

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

1Q84

Correct answer:

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant

Explanation:

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant is a 1995 novel by the Chinese author Yu Hua. The other titles are all novels by Murakami, who is also a short story writer.

Kafka on the Shore was published in 2002, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World was published in 1985, 1Q84 was published in 2009, and A Wild Sheep Chase 1982.

Example Question #22 : Contexts Of World Prose

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle contains all but which of the following elements?

Possible Answers:

Violence

Fantasy

Strange coincidence

An attack on a bird sanctuary

A series of unusual characters

Correct answer:

An attack on a bird sanctuary

Explanation:

Murakami’s fiction is distinguished by his mingling of realism and fantasy, with that realism often touching on dark aspects of contemporary society. Strange characters and coincidences are also hallmarks of Murakami’s novels. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle does not, however, contain an attack on a bird sanctuary.

Example Question #23 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Love in the Time of Cholera?

Possible Answers:

Gabriel García Márquez

Jorge Luis Borges

Octavio Paz

Gabriela Mistral

Isabel Allende

Correct answer:

Gabriel García Márquez

Explanation:

The Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez wrote Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), a novel about a secret relationship and a love triangle based in a city inspired by Cartagena.

Isabel Allende wrote La isla bajo el mar (Island Beneath the Sea) (2010), Jorge Luis Borges wrote Historia universal de la infamia (A Universal History of Infamy) (1935), Octavio Paz wrote Raíz del hombre (1937), and Gabriela Mistral wrote Lecturas para Mujeres (Readings for Women) (1923).

Example Question #24 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is not another title by the author of The Death of Artemio Cruz?

Possible Answers:

Rain of Gold

The Hydra Head

Christopher Unborn

Terra Nostra

Aura

Correct answer:

Rain of Gold

Explanation:

Aura (1962), Terra Nostra (1975), The Hydra Head (1978),and Christopher Unborn (1987) are all by Carlos Fuentes. Rain of Gold is a 1991 novel by the Mexican-American author Victor Villaseñor.

Example Question #26 : Contexts Of World Prose

When was The Death of Artemio Cruz published?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1960s

1920s

1940s

2000s

Correct answer:

1960s

Explanation:

The Death of Artemio Cruz was first published in 1962, making it one of Fuentes’ earlier works.

Example Question #27 : Contexts Of World Prose

When was In the Time of the Butterflies published?

Possible Answers:

1990s

1970s

1980s

1960s

2000s

Correct answer:

1990s

Explanation:

In the Time of the Butterflies, Alvarez’s first novel, was published in 1994.

Example Question #28 : Contexts Of World Prose

In what language is Yo-Yo Boing! written?

Possible Answers:

German

Spanish

Spanglish

English 

French

Correct answer:

Spanglish

Explanation:

Yo-Yo Boing! is known for being the first novel written in “Spanglish,” an informal blend of English and Spanish.

Example Question #25 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of the novel The Death of Artemio Cruz?

Possible Answers:

Viola Canales

Gabriel García Márquez

Salvador Plascencia

Carlos Fuentes

Julia Alvarez

Correct answer:

Carlos Fuentes

Explanation:

The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962) is a novel by the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012).

Gabriel García Márquez wrote Leaf Storm (1955). Julia Alvarez wrote In the Time of Butterflies (1994). Salvador Plascencia wrote The People of Paper (2005). Viola Canales wrote The Tequila Worm (2005).

Example Question #26 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is a form in which the author of The Death of Artemio Cruz was not prolific?

Possible Answers:

Short stories

Screenplays

Novels

Poetry

Essays

Correct answer:

Poetry

Explanation:

In addition to his novels, Fuentes is known for many other prose works and plays. He is not known as a poet.

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