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GRE Taylor Swift subject test

Directions: Each of the questions or incomplete statements bellow is followed by five suggested answers or completions. Select the one that is best in each case and then complete fill in the corresponding oval on the answer sheet.

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Questions 1-3


“Cause I’m not your princess, this ain’t a fairytale,

I’m gonna find someone someday who might actually treat me well

This is a big world, that was a small town

There in my rear view mirror disappearing now

(Line 5)  And it’s too late for you and your white horse

Now it’s too late for you and your white horse to catch me now”


1. The writing style of the above passage most closely resembles which of the following writers

(A)  William Wordsworth

(B)  Shania Twain

(C)  Jane Austen

(D)  John Dryden

(E)   Dolly Parton


2. If in the next stanza the horse were to speak—pleading with the speaker to stay—this would be an example of

(A) voodoo

(B) personification

(C) a unicorn sighting

(D) a Houyhnhnm

(E) a heroic couplet


3. The female narrator laments ever falling in love with a man who walks through the door. She falls like Icarus from the sky to the cold, hard ground singing—oh, oh! Oh! When first performed, many were surprised by the rhythm patterns and the building textures created by a heavy bass line, commonly referred to as “a drop.”


The work referred to above is

(A)  Medea

(B)  “I Knew You Were Trouble”

(C)  The Faerie Queene

(D)  “Fergalicious”

(E)   Song of Myself”


Questions 4-8


“But I took your matches

Before fire could catch me

So don’t look now

I’m shining like fireworks

(Line 5) Over your sad empty town


Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone.

Don’t you think I was too young

To be messed with?

The girl in the dress

(Line 10) Cried the whole way home”


4. The first five lines of the passage contain a(n)

(A)  epic invocation

(B)  simile

(C)  pyromania

(D)  Fourth of July celebration

(E)   synecdoche


5. The “John” referred to in this passage is most likely

(A)  John F. Kennedy

(B)  John Adams

(C)  John the Baptist

(D)  John Mayer

(E)   Pope John Paul II


6. Which word serves as the antecedent for “you’re” in line six?

(A)  John

(B)  fireworks

(C)  town

(D)  matches

(E)   douchebag


7. Which of the following is closest to the meaning of “messed with?”

(A)  slept with

(B)  taken out to dinner twice

(C)  teepeed her house

(D) prank called her at 3 am

(E) hacked into her Twitter account


8. The author of this passage also wrote

(A) “Single Ladies”

(B)  “To His Coy Mistress”

(C) “Baby Got Back

(C) “Paradise Lost”

(D) “Behind These Hazel Eyes”