GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of Prose

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Example Question #41 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of White Teeth?

Possible Answers:

On Beauty

NW

The Embassy of Cambodia

The Autograph Man

Possession

Correct answer:

Possession

Explanation:

The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), NW (2012), The Embassy of Cambodia (2013) are all by Zadie Smith. Possession (1990) is a novel by the English author A.S. Byatt.

Example Question #42 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was I, Claudius published?

Possible Answers:

1910s

1920s

1930s

1900s

1940s

Correct answer:

1930s

Explanation:

I, Claudius was published in 1934.

Example Question #43 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following historical figures does not appear in I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

King Herod

Emperor Augustus

Homer

Caligula

Nero

Correct answer:

Homer

Explanation:

All of the above figures were contemporaries of the Emperor Claudius (10 BCE to 54 CE) except for Homer (c.800 BCE to c.750 BCE).

Example Question #44 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of Atonement?

Possible Answers:

Saturday

 Solar

The Sense of an Ending

The Cement Garden

Enduring Love

Correct answer:

The Sense of an Ending

Explanation:

The Sense of an Ending is a 2011 novel by Julian Barnes. Enduring Love (1997), Saturday (2005), Solar (2010), and The Cement Garden (1978) are all by Ian McEwan.

Example Question #45 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was Brideshead Revisited published?

Possible Answers:

1920s

1950s

1930s

1910s

1940s

Correct answer:

1940s

Explanation:

Brideshead Revisited was written after the author’s parachute accident in 1943 and was published in 1945.

Example Question #46 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of Brideshead Revisited?

Possible Answers:

The Quiet American

Decline and Fall

The Loved One

A Handful of Dust

Scoop

Correct answer:

The Quiet American

Explanation:

Decline and Fall (1928), A Handful of Dust (1934), Scoop (1938), and The Loved One (1948) are all by Evelyn Waugh. The Quiet American is a 1955 novel by the English author Graham Greene.

Example Question #47 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Possible Answers:

Sexing the Cherry

The Bloody Chamber

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Art Objects: Essays in Ecstasy and Effrontery

Lighthousekeeping

Correct answer:

The Bloody Chamber

Explanation:

Jeanette Winterson wrote the novels Sexing the Cherry (1989) and Lighthousekeeping (2004),the essay Art Objects: Essays in Ecstasy and Effrontery (1995), and the memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011). The Bloody Chamber is a 1979 collection of short stories by the English author Angela Carter.

Example Question #48 : Contexts Of Prose

Who wrote The Remains of the Day?

Possible Answers:

Arundhati Roy

Salman Rushdie

Yann Martel

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kiran Desai

Correct answer:

Kazuo Ishiguro

Explanation:

The Remains of the Day (1989)is a novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It concerns Lord Darlington’s butler Stevens and his relationship with a housekeeper in the days leading up to World War II.

Arundhati Roy won the 1999 Man Booker for The God of Small Things (1997), Kiran Desai won the Booker in 2006 for The Inheritance of Loss (2006), Salman Rushdie won the Booker in 1981 for Midnight's Children (1981), and Yann Martel is Canadian.

Example Question #49 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another novel by the author of The Remains of the Day?

Possible Answers:

The Unconsoled

The Inheritance of Loss

Never Let Me Go

An Artist of the Floating World

The Buried Giant

Correct answer:

The Inheritance of Loss

Explanation:

Never Let Me Go (2005), The Buried Giant (2015), An Artist of the Floating World (1986), and The Unconsoled (1995) are all by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Inheritance of Loss (2006) is by Kiran Desai.

Example Question #50 : Contexts Of Prose

Who wrote White Teeth?

Possible Answers:

Kate Atkinson

Kiran Desai

A.S. Byatt

Hilary Mantel

Zadie Smith

Correct answer:

Zadie Smith

Explanation:

Zadie Smith wrote White Teeth (2000),a novel about two London families, race, immigration, love, and religion.

Kiran Desai is the author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998), Hilary Mantel is the author of Bring up the Bodies (2012), A.S. Byatt is the author of Morpho Eugenia (1992), and Kate Atkinson is the author of Emotionally Weird (2000).

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