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ISBN-13: 978-0738608372 ISBN-10: 0738608378 Edition: Third Edition, Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: GRE Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; Third Edition, Revised edition (April 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738608378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738608372
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ON THE GRE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TEST!
If you’re serious about your career, use the most comprehensive GRE book on the market today.

GRE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TEST

HIGHER SCORES MEAN BETTER OPTIONS
Scoring well on the GRE Literature in English test doesn’t just help you get into grad school, it helps move your career forward. So it’s worth every minute you can spare to be knowledgeable and confident.

ORGANIZE YOUR TIME
Our exclusive Pro Study Plan gives you a complete road map from now until test day to help you prepare for the GRE Literature in English test as efficiently as possible.

REFRESH YOUR GRE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Everything you need to know for the GRE Literature in English test, presented in concise sections that work easily into a busy schedule.

LEARN GRE TEST-TAKING TIPS FROM THE PROS
We’ve distilled years of experience into concrete suggestions for answering every type of question you’ll encounter on the GRE Literature in English test. By learning the right approaches, you’ll avoid traps and save time.

BUILD CONFIDENCE WITH GRE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH PRACTICE EXAMS
With 3 full-length GRE Literature in English exams, you’ll know exactly how you’re doing every step of the way. And with each repetition, you’ll measure your progress and build confidence.

TOTAL EXPLANATIONS OF GRE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Each GRE Literature in English practice test comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but explain why the others are wrong, so you’ll be prepared for the GRE Literature in English exam.

 

About the Author

James S. Malek, Ph.D.
Chairperson and Professor of English
DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois

Pauline Beard, Ph.D.
Instructor of English
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Thomas C. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas

Robert Liftig, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of English
Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut

Bernadette Brick
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By English Student on November 9, 2010
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I was taking one of the practice tests included in this book when I decided that instead of wasting more of my time I would try to prevent others from wasting theirs. The GRE Literature in English subject test is very difficult, no doubt, and there can't be a single person taking it who doesn't have the nagging feeling that they could do with more learning. There is a shortage of practice tests -- between the length and the difficulty of the questions, it can hardly be a simple test to write.

I bought this book for the three tests included, having never so much as glanced at it before. However, they are incredibly poorly written. Like, so bad that they are useless. Let's see. I found factually inaccurate questions, the sort of questions that make you wonder if the authors got their Ph.D.'s via mail-order. Only a few are inaccurate, but a great many are utterly dubious. Is Roland Barthes primarily associated with deconstruction? These authors think so.

About half of the questions are inappropriately obscure. Some are questions on minor poetry by major poets. Most are questions about minor authors who will not show up on the test, authors who are not even included in the absurdly long reading list. Which of these poets is not of the Graveyard School: Thomas Parnell, Robert Blair, Edward Young, James Thompson, or Thomas Gray? It's like a bad joke. The poet not associated with the Graveyard School, by the way, is James Thomson, whose name is misspelled in the book. About a quarter of the questions are too obvious. There's undue weight put on contemporary writers. The list of problems could go on and on.

I might add that the book is also horribly designed, just hideous to look at. It looks like the work of an untalented amateur.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Malven on September 9, 2010
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To be fair, this book does contain a VERY comprehensive list of authors and titles, as well as several helpful practice tests. For the practice tests alone, this book may be worth it.

Despite that, whoever wrote this book is absolutely nuts! At the beginning of the book, a very simple, easy-breezy six-week study plan is outlined. It gives recommendations like, "This week, look at our suggested reading list...If you are unfamiliar with some of the titles, devote some study time to catch up on your reading." Sounds great, huh? That's until you realize that the 'suggested reading list' contains almost 700 titles. This is a test on literature in general, so a large number of titles is expected. However, several hundred titles aren't really my idea of casual reading. The schedule presents very unrealistic study goals for the reader, who may wind up feeling either overwhelmed or unprepared. This test requires knowledge of dates, characters, plot details, etc., and I, for one, can spend a whole day just reviewing a handful of titles.

If you have read A LOT of classics in your time, this book may be a great place to start. For those transitioning to literature from from an unrelated field, or for those who need a more long-term, manageable plan, try The Princeton Review's "Cracking the GRE Literature in English Subject Test." That text offers a lot of tricks and short-cuts that will give you a better chance of success on the test. Once you finish with Princeton's guide (or if you find Princeton's material to be too basic), then you can safely move on to this book. Whoever you are, make sure to leave a little more than six weeks to tackle the reading list (say, a year)! :P
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edna on May 1, 2013
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The test was nothing like this book. Misleading. Suggest studying many different books and taking many different tests, but not with this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda L. Hughes on February 7, 2014
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Very helpful explaining the mechanics of the test. This book can only barely review the necessary subject matter, but is great for teaching how to take the test. I wish it had 2 practice tests rather than one.
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By Christine C. Tibbitts on April 9, 2015
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