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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the king in "Phaedra's Love"?

2. What happens to Ian's eyes in "Blasted"?

3. In Scene 2 of "Blasted", Ian attempts to hide Cate from the soldier, but the soldier says he can smell what?

4. What does Cate destroy in Scene 2 of "Blasted" when Ian goes into the bathroom?

5. What is Hippolytus examining in the opening of Scene 5 of "Phaedra's Love"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Phaedra consult a doctor about Hippolytus in Scene 2 of "Phaedra's Love"?

2. Describe the setting of "Phaedra's Love". Upon what play is the story based?

3. What aspects of Ian's personality are revealed in Scene 2 of "Blasted"?

4. What takes place in the opening of Scene 2 of "Blasted"? How much time elapsed from Scene 1?

5. What is Hippolytus doing in the beginning of Scene 4 of "Phaedra's Love"? What does Phaedra enter with?

6. What elements of the setting are revealed in greater detail in Scene 2 of "Blasted"?

7. Discuss the setting of "Crave." How does the setting evoke the play's themes?

8. What does Phaedra tell Hippolytus in Scene 4 of "Phaedra's Love"? What is his response?

9. What is the central theme of "Phaedra's Love"?

10. Discuss the staging of "Phaedra's Love." What elements would make staging difficult?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the life and career of Sarah Kane. How many plays of Kane's were produced during her lifetime?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Seneca's play Phaedra and the character of Hippolytus. How is Hippolytus described in Seneca's play? How does he differ in "Phaedra's Love"?

Essay Topic 3

Define the literary and dramatic terms "objective," "obstacle," "action," and "conflict." How do each of these apply in Scene 2 in "Blasted"?

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