Houman Barekat

Self-Examination

Multiple Choices

By Alejandro Zambra (Translated by Megan McDowell)

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The central conceit of Alejandro Zambra’s Multiple Choice is simple: the text is structured in a manner that replicates the format of Chile’s Academic Aptitude Exam, which until 2003 was compulsory for all individuals wishing to enter higher education. The early sections of the book comprise a series of one-word multiple choice questions; these become longer and more complex as the test proceeds, culminating in a closing section, ‘Reading Comprehension’, in which the reader/pupil is presented with several short stories and then quizzed on them.

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