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FacsímilMultiple Choice is a one of a kind read in the best ossible way Chilean author Alejandro Zambra innovatively styled his new book after the Chilean Academic Aptitude *TEST WHICH STUDENTS TOOK EVERY DECEMBER *which students took every December 1967 to 2003 if they lanned to apply to college in Chile Specifically he chose the Verbal Aptitude section as he took it in 1993 which consisted of ninety multiple choice uestions contained in five sections While each section of the book was fantastic in its own right my favorites were Section 2 and 3 Sentence Order and Sentence Completion As I spent time laying around with the answer choices and manipulating the sentences I ended up focusing so much on what he was saying and how he was saying it Long after I finished a section or ut the book down for a bit I found myself still ondering what a articular uestionpassage meant or just the concept that rearranging sentences or choosing to delete a sentence or two can so dramatically change the meaning of a articular storyZambra tackles life family Chilean olitics and how education often teaches eople to repeat and obey versus learning to think independently Some uestions in Multiple Choice have multiple answers some have no answers and others have laugh out loud choices I learned about Chilean life under the brutal Pinochet regime but in such an engrossing manner that I hardly felt like I was being taught a history lesson His ruminations on family were 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens particularly thoughtrovoking and moving and several times I had to reread a certain Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture passage before I felt I could move onI highly highly recommend this book It is certainly one of the best I have read in a long while I will be thinking about it for many days to come and most certainly rereading it in its entirety very soon Thanks so much to Penguin for my copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review This work is all kinds of novel Chilean novelist Zambra reallyuts us through our Gläsern paces by making us actuallyarticipate in the Detention of Doom process of his fiction He gives us choices on how to finish his sentences He starts simply enough asking us to decide which word has no relation to the words given The structure of the book copies the Verbal section of the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test reuired of all applicants to university in Chile Our minds race with theossibilities he s given us and we can be as cynical and hard eyed or hilarious and droll as any teenager in marking the answers and thinking of our own Next comes Sentence Order and the test maker is acting like a disaffected teenager himself his sentences starting out short and Fromentin perhaps only a little sarcasticrogressing to longer sentences that sound bitter and angry to his last uestion featuring a Punishing My Slutty Little Sister page of sentences we are meant to order including words likeain and tumor and going from the general to the specific and mentioning General Pinochet for the first timeThe section marked Sentence Completion is Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 pretty easy because the test maker does not give us as many choices as he might have He seems almost to be steering us We can t just think up answershe is strong arming us to conclusions as a result of his sentences We chafe a little under his direction In theenultimate section Sentence Elimination we start getting the feel of the otentiality in this form Zambia here reminds me of a famous Chekhov monologue called The Evils of Tobacco In that monologue a distinguished educator who has been asked to give a speech on tobacco veers off topic into state of his health what he likes to eat and he despairs of his wife Our test maker in Sentence Elimination starts with short sentences though they are already evocative and gradually starts talking about family a hated father short sentences though they are already evocative and gradually starts talking about family a hated father eliminations and other soul baring terrors We forget which sentence to eliminate The final section Reading Comprehension evokes Saramago Remember in All the Names Saramago created a government functionary who was supposed to do a boring job filing the names of all the folks who died That bureaucrat started getting creative investigating the deaths instead of just filing them away Well here our test maker uite loses his detachment and begins a long confession on how he learned to cheat on tests and how it brought his cheating classmates togetheronly to further disclose how his classmates lived loved layedYou get the Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) picture In the final uestions to test comprehension we see that he has lost all objectivity and is telling us instead what he ha. “ Multiple Choice is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before Reading this book is a wonderfully disconcerting and unforgettable experience” Francisco Goldman author of Say Her Name   “There is no writer like Alejandro Zambra no one as bold as subtle as funny Multiple Choice is his most accomplished work yet This book is not to be missed”  Daniel Alarcón author of At Night We Walk In Circles A masterfulioneering new work of fiction by “Latin America’s new literary star” The New Yorker   The works of Alejandro Zambra “the most. S learnedBravo Zambra The form fulfills its otential Translated by Megan McDowell Update May 2020 many universities are now no longer reuiring the almost useless SAT or ACT for admission to universities a hopeful trend to hopefully begin to dismantle the billion dollar standardized test industrySo did Alejandro Zambra actually create a novel in the form of a standardized testA Yes he sure did modeled on the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test which he himself took in 1993 with 90 multiple choice uestions some of them based on stories included in the testB No I m kiddingC Chile That sounds like too cool of a The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) place to have standardized testsD None of the aboveE All of the aboveCorrect answer AMight you describe this book asA A tour de force accomplishmentB Aretentious ostmodern experimentC A clever commentary on the limitations of such tests to reflect actual meaningful experiences or learning by implication endorsing storiesD None of the aboveE All of the aboveCorrect answer CDid you find itA really funnyB Touching sometimes movingC D is always correctD The kid next to me marked C and he is good at these tests so I should mark CE StupidCorrect answer Oh why does it have to be one answer Why do these tests always include answers that if you thought deeply could be correct as well as the one the testmakers thought on the basis of their uick and careless work was correct and now these idiots making billions of dollars on a flawed idea of learning and assessment get to impact your future in a high stakes wayOh sorry My ersonal answer which is by no means correct for you I thought it was funny insightful sometimes touching one of my favorite books of the year I smiled or laughed on almost every single age I agree with those who label this little book as retentious but I guess I don t mind Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners pretentious as long the authora Has something interesting to sayb Says what he has to say in an interesting wayc Is interested in transmitting something beyond what he is sayingd Is not interested in how what is saying will come acrosse All of the aboveI read this in one breath and will need a second read to exhale it now If the Russians were born drunk and the French were bornerverted then the South Americans were born insane And I love them for that the way I love the French and the Russians there is never a dull moment with them and they bore and drill into your mind to the Who Is Gloria Steinem? point where you can no longer ignore theain Or the numbness Clever oetic and strangely touching Alejandro Zambras novel in the form of a multiple choice test exposes the absurdity of stupid admission tests and confronts the articipating reader with moral conflicts You ll do well on the test very well don t worry you weren t educated you were trained Alejandro Zambra takes a contemporary form of evaluation as a model the Prueba de Selecci n Universitaria PSU #introduced in Chile in 1967 The structure of the book follows so #in Chile in 1967 The structure of the book follows so reliminary remark of the author the entrance examination for university as it was valid until 1994 A multiple choice test with 90 uestions divided into five sections which uery the reading comprehension of high school graduates with increasing difficultyThe uestions that Zambra gives his readers are far tricky than the ones of conventional tests If there are five words under the heading of copying from which one should delete the odd one out and these five words are cut aste cut aste and undo then there is nothing left but the infinite regress of irony and tick undoZambra needs only five terms to sketch a world The shortest distance between two oints is the stroke of a scar Zambra writes that very casually It could be argued however that it conceals his literary Corazones solitarios principle to find in writing the shortest the most direct expression which then has to turn out to be something fundamental a wound a cut a scar Alejandro Zambra is a master of scarcityHowever the scarcity isn t the whole difficulty of this text What Zambra accomplishes is on the one hand a corruption of the multiple choice test with critical intent and on the other hand a kind ofoetic condensation It is a bitter satire on the idea that 90 check marks should decide the uality of the mind and the abilities and the future of a human being It s Napříč nekonečnem parody andoetry at the same time Students go to university to study not to think And if they have any hope left that s what reality is for All the factors that influence a life That s what this book is ab. Talked about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño” New York Times Book Review are distinguished by their striking originality their brevity their strangeness and their flouting of narrative convention Now at the height of his owers Zambra returns with a book that is the natural extension of these ualities Multiple Choice   Written in the form of a standardized test Multiple Choice invites the reader to complete virtuoso language exercises and engage with short narrative assages via multiple choice uestions that are thought rovoking usually una. .
Out The absurdity of a stupid entrance test that turns a good student into a religious education teacher struggling with God and out of the clever Covarrubias twins Luis and Antonio who cheat in the exam successful lawyers This absurdity is also the absurdity of Chile under Pinochet Zambra was born in 1975 two years after the US backed military coup Pinochet s Chile got on well with Catholic hardliners Chile was a country where as Zambra described in one of the short stories there was no legal option until 2004 to get a divorce which is why they had to have their marriage annulled instead by Variance (Raise Your Weapon, providing evidence that that you never lived together Multiple Choice offers a new kind of reading experience one where the readerarticipates directly in the creation of meaning I highly enjoyed all of the clever word Mermaid plays and double meaning of words which makes me think that this book must ve been aain in the ass to translate A comparison of different translations to the original would be super fun and revealing regarding the different workings of languages Since I read the English translation as opposed to the German one I was heavily reminded that English isn t my mother tongue Sure I understood all of the uestions but when it came to the excluded terms I often didn t get the nuances and wasn t aware of all the different ways a word can be used Children of mine who will be Hochzeit mit Hindernissen present at my funeral sixChildren of mine who will spit on my grave oneChildren of mine who have children zero My favouriteortion of the book were the sentence elimination and reading comprehension at the end The three short stories that Zambra wrote were highly intriguing and engaging and actually make me wanna ick up of his work Very clever indeed It was a super fast read although highly enjoyable I especially love the silent stance the author is taking with the absurdity of some all standardized testing Did you have Test Anxiety when you were in school A Yes B No C Sometimes D AlwaysThis teeny weeny book could take an hour to read or weeks Your choice You might feel a little intimidated by this tiny ale blue fiction nonfiction After Effects Expressions poetry all of the of the above none of the above book by Chilean author Alejandro Zamora OrYou might settle in and have an awesome and amazing time Your choiceIf you hated taking multiple choice tests in school you have a chance to experience taking the tests in this book as an adventure Breathe relax have funThere are sentence elimination sections and short stories to read for reading comprehension We are asked as readers tolayfully interact and if we do we will begin to see un If this were graded I doubt I would receive better than a C Presented in test format I found this to be too much work and often confusing This could be a brilliant stylistic choice but I tired of it uickly 25 stars My first Zambra other than an interview I translated last year uick clever ainless joyful melancholic unpredictable clear cool refreshing effervescent and therefore like refrigerated lemon lime seltzer I guess At worst felt like a little collection of stories added by a great formal gimmick one that I feel like I ve seen before maybe in Fakes An Anthology of Pseudo Interviews Faux Lectures uasi Letters Found Texts and Other Fraudulent Artifacts but I can t remember at best felt like a collection of stories and suggestions worth rereading to re encounter the initial uestions after the experience of the fuller stories #Toward The End Sort #the end Sort circles around or suggests the times and tribulations of the testmaker twice divorced with kids from three marriages daddy issues of his own who grew up under the dictator Pinochet and has a sense of humor and a love for music Loved the uestion that was something like for the story you ve just read which is the worst title guaranteed to reach the widest ossible audience The numbers must ve been fun to translate but also all the one word weighted answer choices like oetry than Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I prose Probably ultimately forgettable considering amount of time spent with it but enjoyable to read over the course of an hour or so in a day and when someone likes this review in a few years I ll re read this little impression and remember My first Zambra but definitely not my last A magnificent collision between Dadaism literature A radical experiment that depicts a solemn reality behind much artifice minutiae It is risky Overall one great find for me at the Denver Public Library aser usual. Nswerable and often absurd It offers a new kind of reading experience one where the reader articipates directly in the creation of meaning Full of humor melancholy and anger Multiple Choice is about love and family; rivacy and the limits of closeness; how a society is affected by the legacies of the ast; and the conviction that rather than learning to think we are trained to obey and repeat Serious in its literary ambition but layful in its execution Multiple Choice confirms Alejandro Zambra as one of the most important writers working in any language.