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

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Example Question #51 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Dictionary of the Khazars?

Possible Answers:

Fernando Pessoa

Imre Kertész

Antal Szerb

Jefimija

Milorad Pavić

Correct answer:

Milorad Pavić

Explanation:

Dictionary of the Khazars (1984) is the famous first novel by Milorad Pavić (1929-2009).

Fernando Pessoa wrote Always Astonished (1988). Jefimija wrote Lament for a Dead Son (1400)Imre Kertész wrote The Pathseeker (1977). Antal Szerb wrote Journey by Moonlight (1937).

Example Question #52 : Contexts Of World Prose

What nationality is the author of Dictionary of the Khazars?

Possible Answers:

Hungarian

Estonian

Polish

Czech

Serbian

Correct answer:

Serbian

Explanation:

Born in Belgrade, Milorad Pavić was Serbian. Pavić published Dictionary of the Khazars in 1984.

Example Question #53 : Contexts Of World Prose

What is another title by the author of Dictionary of the Khazars?

Possible Answers:

The Land of Green Plums

Traveling on One Leg

The King Bows and Kills

The Hunger Angel

Landscape Painted with Tea

Correct answer:

Landscape Painted with Tea

Explanation:

Landscape Painted with Tea is a 1988 novel by Pavić. The rest of the titles are by the German author Herta Müller. The Hunger Angel was published in 2009. The Land of Green Plums was published in 1994. Traveling on One Leg was published in 1989. The King Bows and Kills was published in 2003.

Example Question #54 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is an unusual attribute of Dictionary of the Khazars?

Possible Answers:

It consists of untranslated Serbian poems

It features a ‘choose your own ending’ format

It has no narrative voice

Its chapters are in reverse chronological order

It features two editions: one male and one female

Correct answer:

It features two editions: one male and one female

Explanation:

Dictionary of the Khazars is known for its two editions (although they differ only by a single paragraph).

Example Question #55 : Contexts Of World Prose

What is a central subject of Dictionary of the Khazars?

Possible Answers:

Bribery

Theft

Religion

Adultery

Unrequited love

Correct answer:

Religion

Explanation:

The novel is primarily concerned with the religious lives of the Khazars, a fictional people who Pavić has said represents the Serbs.

Example Question #56 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Água Viva?

Possible Answers:

Paulo Coelho

Clarice Lispector

José Saramago

Fernando Pessoa

Machado de Assis

Correct answer:

Clarice Lispector

Explanation:

Published in Portuguese in 1973, this first-person novel is one of the most famous works by Clarice Lispector (1920-1977).

Paulo Coelho wrote The Alchemist (1988). Machado de Assis wrote The Hand and the Glove (1874). Fernando Pessoa wrote Antinous (1918). José Saramago wrote Blindness (1995). All of the answer options are renowned Brazilian authors who worked primarily in Portuguese.

Example Question #57 : Contexts Of World Prose

Where was the author of Água Viva born?

Possible Answers:

Nigeria

South Africa

Venezuela

Ukraine

England

Correct answer:

Ukraine

Explanation:

Lispector was the daughter of European Jews who fled the Ukraine to Brazil following World War I. Lispector worked primarily in her adopted language of Portugese. Água Viva was published in 1973.

Example Question #57 : Contexts Of World Prose

Where did the author of Água Viva spend most of her life?

Possible Answers:

Chile

Spain

Argentina

Brazil

Portugal

Correct answer:

Brazil

Explanation:

Lispector lived for most of her life in Rio de Janeiro. She wrote and published primarily in Portugese. Água Viva was published in 1973.

Example Question #58 : Contexts Of World Prose

Which of the following is another work by the author of Água Viva?

Possible Answers:

The Alchemist

Aleph

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Eleven Minutes

The Passion According to G.H

Correct answer:

The Passion According to G.H

Explanation:

The Passion According to G.H. (Portuguese: A Paixão Segundo G.H.) is another of Lispector’s most famous works. Published in 1964, it takes the form of a mystical monologue occurring during the narrator’s mental breakdown. The other titles are by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist was published in 1988. Eleven Minutes was published in 2004. Aleph was published in 2011. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept was published in 1994.

Example Question #59 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of Bestiary?

Possible Answers:

Carlos Fuentes

Paulo Coelho

Laura Esquivel

Jorge Luis Borges

Julio Cortázar

Correct answer:

Julio Cortázar

Explanation:

The short story collection Bestiary (Spanish: Bestario) was written in 1951 by Julio Cortázar (1914-1984). 

Jorge Luis Borges wrote  A Universal History of Infamy (1935). Carlos Fuentes wrote Where the Air is Clear (1958). Paulo Coelho wrote Brida (1990). Laura Esquivel wrote Like Water for Chocolate (1992).

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