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

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Example Question #31 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of In the Time of the Butterflies?

Possible Answers:

Junot Díaz

Salvador Plascencia

Sandra Cisneros

Julia Alvarez

Viola Canales

Correct answer:

Julia Alvarez

Explanation:

In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) is a novel by the Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez.

Viola Canales wrote Orange Candy Slices and Other Secret Tales (2001). Salvador Plascencia wrote The People of Paper (2005). Sandra Cisneros wrote Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991). Junot Díaz wrote Drown (1996).

Example Question #32 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is another novel by the author of In the Time of the Butterflies?

Possible Answers:

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

My Wicked, Wicked Ways

The House on Mango Street

Woman Hollering Creek

Caramelo

Correct answer:

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Explanation:

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is Alvarez’s 1991 novel. The rest are all titles by novelist and short story writer Sandra Cisneros. The House on Mango Street was published in 1984. Caramelo was published in 2002. My Wicked, Wicked Ways was published in 1987. Woman Hollering Creek was published in 1991.

Example Question #33 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following Latino authors is from the same country as Julia Alvarez? 

Possible Answers:

René Marqués

Julia de Burgos

Giannina Braschi

Junot Díaz

Esmeralda Santiago

Correct answer:

Junot Díaz

Explanation:

The Dominican writer Junot Díaz is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her, among other titles. All the other authors are Puerto Rican. Esmeralda Santiago is the author of When I Was Puerto Rican (1994). René Marqués is the author of La Mirada (1975). Julia de Burgos is the author of Yo misma fui mi ruta (1986). Giannina Braschi is the author of Yo-Yo Boing! (1994).

Example Question #34 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Yo-Yo Boing!, a 1994 novel?

Possible Answers:

Carlos Salazar Herrera

Viola Canales

Giannina Braschi

Yolanda Oreamuno

Salvador Plascencia

Correct answer:

Giannina Braschi

Explanation:

Yo-Yo Boing (1994) is by the author Giannina Braschi. Carlos Salazar Herrera was a short story writer and wood-cut artist. Yolanda Oreamuno wrote La Ruta de su Evasión (1948).

Example Question #35 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

What country is the author of Yo-Yo Boing! from?

Possible Answers:

Venezuela

Panama

Puerto Rico

Costa Rica

The Dominican Republic

Correct answer:

Puerto Rico

Explanation:

Giannina Braschi is Puerto Rican. Yo-Yo Boing! was published in 1994.

Example Question #35 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is another title by the author of Yo-Yo Boing!?

Possible Answers:

The Turkish Lover

When I Was Puerto Rican

América’s Dream

Almost a Woman

United States of Banana 

Correct answer:

United States of Banana 

Explanation:

United States of Banana is a 2011 work by Giannina Braschi. It is an experimental hybrid work, with elements of play, essay, and prose poetry. The other titles are works by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago. When I was Puerto Rican was published in 1994. The Turkish Lover was published in 2005. Almost a Woman was published in 1999. América’s Dream was published in 1997.

Example Question #37 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

Where was the author of Bestiary born?

Possible Answers:

France

Greece

Norway

Ukraine

Belgium

Correct answer:

Belgium

Explanation:

Although he died in France, Cortázar was born to Argentinian parents in Belgium.

Example Question #38 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

Where does the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being live in exile?

Possible Answers:

France

Spain

Switzerland

Belgium

Sweden

Correct answer:

France

Explanation:

Since 1975, Kundera has lived and written in France.

Example Question #39 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

What nationality is the author of The Gulag Archipelago?

Possible Answers:

Croatian

Serbian

Russian

Hungarian

Czech

Correct answer:

Russian

Explanation:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian writer and a well known critic of the Soviet Union, particularly its forced labor camps.

Example Question #40 : Contexts Of World Prose After 1925

When was The Gulag Archipelago published?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1990s

1950s

1980s

1970s

Correct answer:

1970s

Explanation:

After a draft was confiscated by the KGB, the novel was published in 1973, but not initially in Solzhenitsyn’s native Russia.

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