ExplanationA prime number is any number that has no factors other than 1 and itself. It is wise to memorize the first 10 prime numbers before the GRE:

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97

If a is the smallest prime number greater than 21, it must be 23.

If b is the largest prime number less than 16, it must be 13.

Find ab:

\(23 \times 13 = 299\)

Hence option A is correct.
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