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Lajos Egri
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who advises Juliet to take a strong sleeping draught on the eve of her wedding in "Romeo and Juliet"?
(a) Count La Rochelle.
(b) Friar Lille.
(c) Count Le Mans.
(d) Friar Laurence.

2. What term refers to the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work?
(a) Friend.
(b) Antagonist.
(c) Interest.
(d) Protagonist.

3. Who is Nora's husband in "A Doll's House"?
(a) Dr. Linde.
(b) Krogstad.
(c) Torvald.
(d) Dr. Rank.

4. What does Oedipus do in the ending of "Oedipus Rex"?
(a) Shoots himself.
(b) Cuts his wrist.
(c) Hangs himself.
(d) Blinds himself.

5. In Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites, the author states that the antagonist and pivotal character absolutely cannot do what?
(a) Have a common friend.
(b) Kill each other.
(c) Be friends.
(d) Compromise.

6. According to the author, you must present a character as _____.
(a) An aesthetic.
(b) Beautiful.
(c) An individual.
(d) A principled person.

7. Book II, Character, Chapter 2: Environment discusses how a man's environment, health, and what will shape him into what he is?
(a) Economic background.
(b) Spirituality.
(c) Determination.
(d) Opinion.

8. Who kills Macbeth at the end of "The Tragedy of Macbeth"?
(a) Siward.
(b) Macduff.
(c) Fleance.
(d) Malcolm.

9. Where has Nora arrived from in the beginning of "A Doll's House"?
(a) Christmas shopping.
(b) Grocery shopping.
(c) Shoe shopping.
(d) The hair salon.

10. What has a reigning power in the presence of a written piece of work according to Lajos Egri?
(a) Plot.
(b) Character.
(c) Structure.
(d) Catharsis.

11. Who wrote the play "A Doll's House"?
(a) Henrik Ibsen.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) Anton Chekhov.
(d) August Strindberg.

12. According to the author, every sensible invention must have _____.
(a) A purpose.
(b) An owner.
(c) Marketability.
(d) A price.

13. What Classic Greek philosopher claimed character was secondary to action?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Heraclitus.
(c) Xenophanes.
(d) Sophocles.

14. What childless widow is friends with Nora in "A Doll's House"?
(a) Christine Krogstad.
(b) Christine Linde.
(c) Christine Rank.
(d) Christine Torvald.

15. What does the author claim causes motion in Book II: Character, Chapter 3: The Dialectical Approach?
(a) Kinetic energy.
(b) Commotion.
(c) Craziness.
(d) Contradiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does Oedipus marry?

2. What refers to a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader?

3. In Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites, the author creates a skit where an abandoned street dog makes friends with what?

4. "Romeo and Juliet" begins with a feud between the Capulets and _____.

5. The Sophists taught what, meaning quality or excellence as the highest value and determinant of one's actions in life?

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