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GRE Literature: World Literature

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1. The narrator describes him as the 'hero' of novel and claims that the book is his 'biography.' A young - handsome man of about twenty - he is remarkable for his extraordinarily mature religious faith - his selflessness - and his innate love of humank






2. Criminal who also goes by Trompe-la-Mort - Jacques Collin - and Abb Herrera






3. Jorgan Tesman






4. Semi-autobiographical novel that provides a portrait of life in Knoxville - Tennessee - showing how the sudden death of a father affects a young widow - her two children - her atheistic father and the dead man'S alcoholic brother. Protagonist is Rufu






5. It tells the story of the Bridau family (Phillipe and Joseph) - trying to regain their lost inheritance after a series of unfortunate mishaps.






6. Wrote 'The Laugh of the Medusa'






7. A master of epic theatre and the 'distancing effect.'






8. Ends: 'Yes - she thought - laying down her brush in extreme fatigue - I have had my vision.'






9. Known for his combination of realism and romanticism and his dedication to finding 'le mot juste' ('The right word') - which he considered has the key mean to achieve quality in literary art.






10. Melanctha - 'The Good Anna' and 'The Gentle Lena' - Set in the fictional town of Bridgepoint






11. The story focuses on a doctor'S wife who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.






12. Eilif - Kattrin - and Swiss Cheese






13. Wrote exclusively in Alexandrine. His dramaturgy is marked by his psychological insight - the prevailing passion of his characters - a strong Jansensist sense of fate - and the nakedness of both the plot and stage.






14. A rich and rakish landowner who seduces Emma as one more addition to a long string of mistresses. Though occasionally charmed by Emma - he feels little true emotion towards her.






15. Wrote 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' and 'Contingency - Irony - and Solidarity' - ironism - final vocabulary - and postphilosophy






16. Two married couples - one twenty years older and bitterer than the other - engage in an evening of merciless personal attack - George and Martha - Nick and Honey






17. A novel about miserliness - and how it is bequeathed from the father to the daughter through her unsatisfying love attachment with her cousin.






18. Highly intelligent - rational - and analytical - he is devoted to his country - returning to active duty even after nearly being killed at Austerlitz - and spending months helping Speranski write a new civil code for Russia. Though often detached - h






19. Joachim Ziemssen and Clavdia Chauchat






20. Ends: 'Yes - they will trample me underfoot - the numbers marching one two three - four hundred million five hundred six - reducing me to specks of voiceless dust - just as - in all good time - they will trample my son who is not my son - and his son






21. The protagonist of 'The School for Wives -' also known as Monsieur de la Souche.






22. 'The Heresy of Paraphrase' - Wrote 'The Well Wrought Urn' and 'Understanding Poetry'






23. A brilliant student with an incisively analytical mind - and his intelligence is directly to blame for his descent into despair. Unable to reconcile the horror of unjust human sufferingparticularly the suffering of childrenwith the idea of a loving






24. It describes the exploits of a discharged U.S. Navy sailor named Benny Profane - his reconnection in New York with a group of pseudo-bohemian artists known as the Whole Sick Crew - and the quest of an aging traveller named Herbert Stencil to identify






25. Parnell and Cranly






26. Set in Yonville. She has a highly romanticized view of the world and craves beauty - wealth - passion - and high society. It is the disparity between these romantic ideals and the realities of her country life that impels her to commit adultery and a






27. A semi-autobiographical novel which tells the story of Geoffrey Firmin - an alcoholic British consul in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac on the Day of the Dead.






28. Anna Karenina'S husband. Formal - duty-bound - and cowed by social convention - he constantly presents a flawless facade of a cultivated and capable man.






29. Concerns intellectual man named Humphrey van Weyden - who is forced to become tough and self-reliant by exposure to cruelty and brutality. The story starts with him aboard a San Francisco ferry - called Martinez - which collides with another ship in






30. It was criticized for its pessimism and ambiguous ethical message. The presentation of the lower classes was viewed as overly dark and unredemptive - and the playwright was clearly more interested in creating memorable characters than in advancing a






31. The grandson of the king of Judah who is restored to the throne.






32. Dystopian novel by Jack London






33. It tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Louisiana who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband'S death - and expects her daughter to do the same.






34. He is a pompous speechmaker - endlessly rattling on about medical techniques and theories that he really knows nothing about. His presence serves - in part - to heighten our sense of Emma'S frustration with her life.






35. Wrote 'Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels' and 'The Critic as Host'






36. I have been performing tricks for you. That'S how I've survived. You wanted it like that. You and Papa have done me a great wrong. It'S because of you I've made nothing of my life.






37. Wrote 'The Shadow of a Gunman' and 'Red Roses for Me'






38. Dunya'S depraved yet generous former employer who attempts to rape her.






39. The protagonist of 'The Mill on the Floss.' Her brother is Tom.






40. Involves a blind daughter and hunting rabbits in a loft.






41. Joad and Abner.






42. An aristocratic woman. The protagonist of 'The Cherry Orchard.'






43. Raskolinikov'S sister - she is decisive and brave - ending her engagement with Luzhin when he insults her family and fending off Svidrigailov with gunfire.






44. (His lawyer and best friend) Mr. Jaggers and Herbert Pocket - (the convict and Pip'S worst enemy) - Abel Magwitch and Bentley Drummel






45. Ends: 'The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life - and rest in unvisited tombs.'






46. Begins: 'Someone must have slandered Josef K. - for one morning - without having done anything truly wrong - he was arrested.'






47. The Mickey Mouse Club and the MagiPeel Peeler






48. The narrator of 'Lolita'






49. Garcin - Inez - and Estelle






50. The protagonist of 'The Magic Mountain'