GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of Prose

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Example Question #5 : Contexts Of American Prose After 1925

Which of the following authors is not a Southern Gothic writer?

Possible Answers:

Ernest Hemingway

Flannery O’Connor

William Faulkner

Walker Percy

Carson McCullers

Correct answer:

Ernest Hemingway

Explanation:

Hemingway was an expatriate who wrote terse, emotionally complex novels set mainly in Europe. He is not an exemplar of the Southern Gothic style, which is known for its setting of the American South and its use of macabre and grotesque events (often to provide social commentary).

Example Question #6 : Contexts Of American Prose After 1925

This author set many of his novels in the fictional Mississippi county of Yoknapatawpha. Who is he?

Possible Answers:

Jack Kerouac

John Dos Passos

Cormac McCarthy

William Faulkner

John Steinbeck

Correct answer:

William Faulkner

Explanation:

This is William Faulkner. Yoknapatawpha comes from a Cherokee phrase and is based on real places in Mississippi, and many of his novels—such as Absalom! Absalom!, Light in August, As I Lay Dying, and The Sound and the Fury—are set here.

Example Question #7 : Contexts Of American Prose After 1925

This 1958 novel features a storyline about an adult man who becomes obsessed with and begins a sexual relationship with a preteen girl.

Possible Answers:

Lolita

All the King’s Men

White Noise

Rabbit, Run

Of Mice and Men

Correct answer:

Lolita

Explanation:

This is Vladimir Nabokov’s highly controversial Lolita. Although the book was largely regarded as pornographic and received little critical acclaim when it was first published, it has since become one of the most highly regarded novels of the twentieth century.

Example Question #81 : Contexts Of Prose

Who, by 2014, was the only African-American writer to win both the Pulitzer and the Nobel Prizes?

Possible Answers:

James Baldwin

Richard Wright

Langston Hughes

Maya Angelou

Toni Morrison

Correct answer:

Toni Morrison

Explanation:

This is Toni Morrison. Her novels, which include The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Sula, and Song of Solomon, feature deeply developed characters and examinations of race and history.

Example Question #82 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following writers was not an influential twentieth-century African-American novelist?

Possible Answers:

Toni Morrison

Zora Neale Hurston

Don DeLillo

James Baldwin

Richard Wright

Correct answer:

Don DeLillo

Explanation:

Don DeLillo is a white novelist known for works such as Underworld and White Noise.

Example Question #83 : Contexts Of Prose

What is the subject of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men?

Possible Answers:

Richard Nixon’s Watergate hearing

The Tuskegee experiments

Huey Long’s political corruption

The Teapot Dome scandal

The AIDS crisis

Correct answer:

Huey Long’s political corruption

Explanation:

Although Warren denied them, parallels were often drawn between Louisiana governor Huey Long’s rise to political power and the life of his novel’s characters.

Example Question #84 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is a short story by the author of The Shipping News?

Possible Answers:

“Bartleby the Scrivener”

“The Story of an Hour”

“The Gift of the Magi”

“Brokeback Mountain”

“The Monkey’s Paw”

Correct answer:

“Brokeback Mountain”

Explanation:

“Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853) is by Herman Melville, “The Gift of the Magi” (1905) is by O. Henry, “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902) is by W.W. Jacobs, and “The Story of an Hour” (1894) is by Kate Chopin. “Brokeback Mountain” was published in 1997 by E. Annie Proulx.

Example Question #85 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of The Shipping News?

Possible Answers:

Close Range: Wyoming Stories

The Big Sleep

Heart Songs and Other Stories

Accordion Crimes

Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2

Correct answer:

The Big Sleep

Explanation:

Accordion Crimes (1996), Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999), Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 (2004), and Heart Songs and Other Stories (1988) are all by E. Annie Proulx. The Big Sleep is a 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler.

Example Question #86 : Contexts Of Prose

During what decade was Blood Meridian published?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1920s

1980s

1940s

1900s

Correct answer:

1980s

Explanation:

Blood Meridian was published in 1985. Even if you didn’t know this, you could narrow down the answer choices by recognizing that McCarthy wasn’t born until 1933 and didn’t begin publishing until the 1960s.

Example Question #87 : Contexts Of Prose

Which of the following is not another work by the author of Infinite Jest?

Possible Answers:

Consider the Lobster

The Corrections

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men 

The Broom of the System

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

Correct answer:

The Corrections

Explanation:

The Corrections is a 2001 novel by Jonathan Franzen. The Broom of the System (1987), A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (1997), Consider the Lobster (2005), and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999) are all works by David Foster Wallace.

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