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Cracking The Gre Literature, 1997 Ed (Annual)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The GRE subject tests are among the most difficult standardized exams. Rather than testing general problem-solving skills, they require highly specialized knowledge.

The experts at The Princeton Review have thoroughly research each subject test to provide students with the most thorough, up-to-date information available. Students don’t need to relearn the entire histories o
Published July 2nd 1996 by Princeton Review
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine. And by "fine," I mean, this book is like this scene from Undeclared:

Which is to say: the only way to prepare yourself to get punched in the face is to get punched in the face. Fear is the only obstacle. A fight is only, like, 20 punches in the face, which is what this test is going to be. 230 punches in the face.
Jennifer Marie
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like it prepared me a lot for the test, but wow this book can be insulting.
Garrett Zecker
This was a helpful book on the GRE Literature exam. But after taking it, it seems that this is an exam that there cannot really be a study guide for as it is a strikingly broad subject and requires a tremendous amount of study prior to attempting it that effectively summarizes all English literature (from 449-present) and modern new criticism. That said, there were some standards that the book mentioned that were on the exam that tend to show up a lot - I would agree with that, and saw many fami ...more
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly effective book that does pretty much what it promises: offer good ways to review for an approach the GRE in Lit. I used an earlier edition of this book when I first took this exam nine years ago; I found it as useful the second time around.

I haven't tried any of its competitors, so I can't offer comparisons. But I can recommend the Princeton Review guidebook unreservedly.

(One would do well to bear in mind -- this is the caveat -- that a Literature test is very hard to cram for, so givin
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Helpful, but several major errors in the Iliad discussion seriously weakened my faith in its guidance. There is no valid translation of the Iliad in which the first line is "This is the story of an angry man," especially directly after a discussion of epic invocation. Agamemnon and Achilles are not Spartans. Neither is Odysseus. Thetis is not a demigod. In fact, "demigod" is not a catch-all term for "non-Olympian deity." And it might be a good idea to mention that Achilles' best friend, whose de ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've gotta say that while this book was really a helpful guide towards what I needed to prepare for the test, besides reading all that they recommend, there is more beyond what is in this book that you need to prepare. For example, the book highlights that Greek mythology will appear on the exam - what I found is that there were lots of questions that required an in-depth knowledge of Greek mythology including the Greek texts. I didn't have an English Literature degree or background, so found th ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the style in which this book is written but am unimpressed with the amount of literary terms included in the text. That's about as far as I've gotten though. I would definitely recommend to anyone taking this exam that they supplement the lit. terms with, for example, an NCTE guide to lit. terms. Again, though, much of my review will be contingent upon how well the test (which I won't take until Nov.) goes, or rather the results I receive back in Jan. :) Well, took the test. I should have ...more
I had the joy of reading this beauty cover to cover over the last few weeks. I thought it was super helpful, but the practice test they include is way easier than the one ETS supplies so that worries me. I do like that it generally insults ETS and mocks the test while it's telling me how to pass it. It makes me feel like it's us against ETS. Thrilling read, I know.
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review book was amazingly helpful. I especially liked the way it provided an explanation of correct/incorrect answers at the back of the test.

I also really like the tone of the authors...sort of a "hey, we know the test is severely deformed, but we're going to help you get the most point you can anyway" attitude.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, test-prep
I suppose I shouldn't rate this until I see how I actually do on the test, but I feel like it has been helpful, and I liked the tone. It was actually fun to read, especially compared to other prep books.
Stephanie Bens
This was a very helpful study tool. I actually put it down for several months while doing other things and I found that I could pick it back up and remember easily what the book emphasized as far as reading material and study tips.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book provides a good foundation for a prospective test-taker.

I'm not sure how reliable the practice test is and was a bit annoyed with the horrible jokes, but I'm sure the writers meant well.
May 06, 2011 marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Decided not to take the test this year. This books seems great, though.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Extremely useful over view of the hard core old school literary canon.
Kimberly Ann
i feel like i can't provide stars until i see how i do on the exam?
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class
INCREDIBLY useful! The test went by easily!
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