GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Identification of World Poetry After 1925

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Example Question #1 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which major Caribbean poet wrote The Arrivants, Middle Passages, and Born to Slow Horses?

Possible Answers:

Ama Ata Aidoo

Kamau Brathwaite

Jean “Binta” Breeze

Stanley French

Aimé Césaire

Correct answer:

Kamau Brathwaite

Explanation:

This is Kamau Brathwaite, a Barbados-born poet and author of critical works such as History of the Voice and The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica.

Example Question #2 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which Nobel Prize-winning Eastern European poet wrote The World, City Without a Name, and The Unencompassed Earth?

Possible Answers:

Czesław Miłosz

Wisława Szymborska

Jan Polkowski

Joseph Brodsky

Grigori Dashevsky

Correct answer:

Czesław Miłosz

Explanation:

This is the Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, who is also known for his nonfiction book denouncing Stalin titled The Captive Mind. Miłosz was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1980.

Example Question #3 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which Nobel Prize-winning Eastern European poet wrote Elegy for John Donne and Other Poems, On Grief and Reason, and To Urania?

Possible Answers:

Czesław Miłosz

Grigori Dashevsky

Wisława Szymborska

Jan Polkowski

Joseph Brodsky

Correct answer:

Czesław Miłosz

Explanation:

This is the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who was forced to emigrate from the Soviet Union to the United States in the 1970s. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991.

Example Question #4 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

The Jamaican poet Jean “Binta” Breeze wrote all of the following except which collection of poetry?

Possible Answers:

Riddym Ravings and Other Poems

Third World Girl

The Fifth Figure

Sea Grapes

The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems

Correct answer:

Sea Grapes

Explanation:

Sea Grapes is a 1976 poetry collection by Derek Walcott.

Example Question #5 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet wrote Omeros, a contemporary Caribbean epic poem that loosely reimagines Homer’s Iliad?

Possible Answers:

Kamau Brathwaite

Aimé Césaire

Stanley French

Derek Walcott

Ama Ata Aidoo

Correct answer:

Derek Walcott

Explanation:

This is the St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott, an important post-colonial writer. Omeros was published in 1990 and contains characters with mythical names such as Achille, Hector, and Helen, although the work itself is set primarily in modern-day St. Lucia.

Example Question #6 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which Caribbean poet wrote the seminal book-length poem Notebook of a Return to the Native Land?

Possible Answers:

Ama Ata Aidoo

René Depestre

Stanley French

Aimé Césaire

Kamau Brathwaite

Correct answer:

Aimé Césaire

Explanation:

This is the Martinican writer Aimé Césaire, an important founder of négritude in French-language literature. Césaire’s work also includes plays such as A Tempest (based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest) and critical essays such as Discourse on Colonialism. Notebook of a Return to the Native Land was first published in 1939 in France.

Example Question #7 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

What is contemporary Japanese poetry called?

Possible Answers:

gendai-shi

waka

haiku

tanka

shi

Correct answer:

gendai-shi

Explanation:

All of these terms except “gendai-shi” refer to older, more traditional forms of Japanese poetry.

Example Question #8 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which of the following works is by Russian poet Osip Mandelstam?

Possible Answers:

Verses on the Unknown Soldier

“The Overcoat”

Pale Fire

Notes from the Underground

“The Lady with the Dog”

Correct answer:

Verses on the Unknown Soldier

Explanation:

“The Lady with the Dog” is by Anton Chekhov, “The Overcoat” is by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Notes from the Underground is by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Pale Fire is by Vladimir Nabokov.

Example Question #9 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Which Latin American poet wrote odes to age, ironing, socks, tomatoes, and birdwatching?

Possible Answers:

César Vallejo

Mario Vargas Llosa

Octavio Paz

Jorge Luis Borges

Pablo Neruda

Correct answer:

Pablo Neruda

Explanation:

This is the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. 

Example Question #10 : Identification Of World Poetry After 1925

Peruvian poet César Vallejo wrote which of the following works?

Possible Answers:

The Book of Imaginary Beings

Los Heraldos Negros

Ficciones

The Aleph

The Library of Babel

Correct answer:

Los Heraldos Negros

Explanation:

Only Los Heraldos Negros is by Vallejo. The rest are works by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.

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