GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of Prose

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Example Question #51 : Contexts Of Prose

Who wrote I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

Kingsley Amis

Ian McEwan

Thomas Hardy

Robert Graves

Graham Greene

Correct answer:

Robert Graves

Explanation:

I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by the Latin/Greek translator and historical fiction author Robert Graves.

Kingsley Amis is the author of Lucky Jim (1954) (he was also Martin Amis's father), Ian McEwan is the author of First Love, Last Rites (1975), Thomas Hardy is the author of Jude the Obscure (1895), and Graham Greene is the author of The Third Man (1950).

Example Question #52 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following major events occurs in I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

the burning of the Library of Alexandria

the Punic Wars

the assassination of Caligula

Hannibal’s crossing the Alps

the Trojan War

Correct answer:

the assassination of Caligula

Explanation:

Robert Graves's I, Claudius (1934)takes the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. It was the assassination of the Emperor Caligula that led to Claudius’ ascent to power. All of the other events listed here occurred well before the reign of Claudius.

Example Question #53 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following authors was a source for I, Claudius?

Possible Answers:

Homer

Xenophon

Thucydides

Herodotus

Plutarch

Correct answer:

Plutarch

Explanation:

The ancient Greek historian Plutarch as well as the Roman historian Suetonius provided much of the background material for I, Claudius (1934). None of the others writers would have had information about Emperor Claudius, since he was not born until after their deaths.

Example Question #54 : Contexts Of Prose

Who is the author of Atonement?

Possible Answers:

Pat Barker

Martin Amis

Julian Barnes

Ian McEwan

Kazuo Ishiguro

Correct answer:

Ian McEwan

Explanation:

Atonement (2001) is Ian McEwan’s eighth novel.

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of A Pale View of Hills (1982), Martin Amis is the author of Dead Babies (1975), Julian Barnes is the author of Arthur and George (2005), and Pat Barker is the author of the Regeneration Trilogy (1991, 1993, 1995).

Example Question #55 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was Atonement published?

Possible Answers:

1990s

1980s

1960s

2000s

1970s

Correct answer:

2000s

Explanation:

Ian McEwan's Atonement was published in 2001, the same year that it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Example Question #56 : Contexts Of Prose

During what war is Atonement set?

Possible Answers:

The Revolutionary War

World War I

World War II

The War of Austrian Succession

The Jacobite uprising

Correct answer:

World War II

Explanation:

Ian McEwan's Atonement is set partly in 1935 and partly in present-day England, but a significant portion of the action occurs during World War II in both France and England.

Example Question #57 : Contexts Of Prose

Who is the author of Brideshead Revisited?

Possible Answers:

Ian McEwan

Graham Greene

Evelyn Waugh

D.H. Lawrence

Kingsley Amis

Correct answer:

Evelyn Waugh

Explanation:

Brideshead Revisited (1945) is Evelyn Waugh’s most famous novel and the work he considered his magnum opus.

Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim (1954), Graham Greene wrote The Third Man (1950), Ian McEwan wrote Solar (2010), and D.H Lawrence wrote Sons and Lovers (1913).

Example Question #58 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade is Brideshead Revisited mainly set?

Possible Answers:

1920s

1880s

1840s

1900s

1860s

Correct answer:

1920s

Explanation:

Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1945) begins in the 1920s in Britain and concludes in the late 1940s, shortly after the end of World War II.

Example Question #59 : Contexts Of Prose

Who is the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Possible Answers:

Jeanette Winterson

A.S. Byatt

Zadie Smith

Hilary Mantel

Angela Carter

Correct answer:

Jeanette Winterson

Explanation:

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) is Jeanette Winterson’s acclaimed first novel. It is a coming of age story about an adopted lesbian girl in a Pentecostal community in England and contains themes of sexuality and gender normativity as well as elements of autobiography.

Angela Carter wrote Love (1971), Hilary Mantel wrote Wolf Hall (2009), Zadie Smith wrote White Teeth (2000), and A.S Byatt wrote The Shadow of the Sun (1964).

Example Question #60 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit published?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1990s

Correct answer:

1980s

Explanation:

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was published in 1985 and won a Whitbread Award for a First Novel the same year. 

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