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

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Example Question #221 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is another title by the author of Bestiary?

Possible Answers:

Dreamtigers

Hopscotch

The Book of Imaginary Beings

The Library of Babel

Ficciones

Correct answer:

Hopscotch

Explanation:

Hopscotch, a 1963 novel with an untraditional structure, is by Cortázar. The rest are titles by Jorge Luis Borges. Ficciones was published in 1944. The Library of Babel was published in 1962. The Book of Imaginary Beings was published in 1957. Dreamtigers was published in 1960.

Example Question #402 : Cultural And Historical Contexts

In what country did the author of Bestiary spend most of his life?

Possible Answers:

Mexico

Chile

Colombia

Paraguay

Argentina

Correct answer:

Argentina

Explanation:

Cortázar is known first and foremost as an Argentinian writer. Most of his works, Bestiary (1969) included, were written and published in Spanish.

Example Question #222 : Contexts Of Prose

Who is the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

Possible Answers:

Ota Pavel

Czesław Miłosz

Bruno Schulz

Milan Kundera

Bohumil Hrabal

Correct answer:

Milan Kundera

Explanation:

Born in 1929, Milan Kundera is the author of the philosophical novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being (published in 1984).

Bohumil Hrabal wrote Too Loud a Solitude (1977). Ota Pavel wrote How I Came to know A Fish (1973). Czesław Miłosz wrote The Poem of the Pearl (1982). Bruno Schulz wrote Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (1937).

Example Question #223 : Contexts Of Prose

What nationality is the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

Possible Answers:

Czech

Hungarian

French

Dutch

Polish

Correct answer:

Czech

Explanation:

Born in Brno, Milan Kundera is Czech. The Unbearable Lightness of Being was published in 1984.

Example Question #61 : Contexts Of World Prose

What is another title by the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

Possible Answers:

The Raw Youth

White Nights

The House of the Dead

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Poor Folk

Correct answer:

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Explanation:

With the exception of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979), all of the titles are by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. White Nights was published in 1848. Poor Folk was published in 1846. The Raw Youth was published in 1875. The House of the Dead was published in 1862.

Example Question #62 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of I Served the King of England?

Possible Answers:

Bohumil Hrabal

Milan Kundera

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Ivan Martin Jirous

Ota Pavel

Correct answer:

Bohumil Hrabal

Explanation:

I Served the King of England (1971) is a novel by Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997).

Milan Kundera wrote The Joke (1969). Ota Pavel wrote Golden Eels (1985). Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote Two Hundred Years Together (2002).

Example Question #63 : Contexts Of World Prose

What is another title by the author of I Served the King of England?

Possible Answers:

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Life is Elsewhere

The Joke

The Festival of Insignificance

Immortality

Correct answer:

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Explanation:

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (1964) is a one-sentence novel by Hrabal. The rest are titles by the Czech writer Milan Kundera. The Joke was published in 1969. Immortality was published in 1990. Life is Elsewhere was published in 1969. The Festival of Insignificance was published in 2015.

Example Question #64 : Contexts Of World Prose

What nationality is the author of I Served the King of England?

Possible Answers:

Swiss

Prussian

Czech

French

Hungarian

Correct answer:

Czech

Explanation:

Born in Brno, Bohumil Hrabal is Czech and is one of the Czech Republic’s best known writers.

I Served the King of England was published in 1971.

Example Question #65 : Contexts Of World Prose

When was I Served the King of England published?

Possible Answers:

1970s

1960s

1950s

1940s

1980s

Correct answer:

1970s

Explanation:

Bohumil Hrabal published I Served the King of England in 1971.

Example Question #66 : Contexts Of World Prose

Who is the author of The Gulag Archipelago?

Possible Answers:

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Günter Grass

Bruno Schulz

Bohumil Hrabal

Correct answer:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Explanation:

This is the novelist and social critic Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). The Gulag Archipelago was published in 1973.

Bruno Schulz wrote The Street of Crocodiles in 1934. Bohumil Hrabal wrote Closely Watched Trains (1965). Günter Grass wrote Cat and Mouse (1961). Ludmilla Petrushevskaya wrote There once lived a girl who seduced her sister's husband, and he hanged himself : love stories (2013).

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