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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. According to the author, characters must do what, for if a character is the same way in the beginning as he is in the end, the play is bad?
(a) Diminish.
(b) Grow.
(c) Traverse.
(d) Transcribe.

2. What expressionist play by Lajos Egri was translated from Hungarian and produced at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York in the 1920s?
(a) "There Will be No Performance".
(b) "Believe Me or Not".
(c) "Rapid Transit".
(d) "Devils".

3. Aristotle was a student of _____.
(a) Socrates.
(b) Heraclitus.
(c) Plato.
(d) Xenophanes.

4. Where was Lajos Egri born?
(a) Argentina.
(b) Hungary.
(c) Italy.
(d) France.

5. What does Lajos Egri claim to be the premise of King Lear?
(a) "Ruthless ambition leads to its own destruction."
(b) "Blind trust leads to destruction."
(c) "Jealousy destroys itself and the object of its love."
(d) "Love rewards death."

6. Whom does Macbeth first kill in "The Tragedy of Macbeth"?
(a) Lennox.
(b) Banquo.
(c) King Duncan.
(d) Seyton.

7. According to the author, it is essential that the main character have no _____ toward his ends.
(a) Antagonist.
(b) Alternative.
(c) Battle.
(d) Conflict.

8. Who reveals he has entered the terminal stage of tuberculosis in "A Doll's House"?
(a) Nora.
(b) Krogstad.
(c) Dr. Rank.
(d) Christine.

9. What is a method of argument that has been central to both Indic and European philosophy since ancient times and was made popular by Plato?
(a) Bickering.
(b) Roundtable discussion.
(c) Dialectic.
(d) Debate.

10. What refers to a dramatic form that does not observe the laws of cause and effect and that exaggerates emotion and emphasizes plot or action at the expense of characterization?
(a) Melodrama.
(b) Ultimate drama.
(c) Megadrama.
(d) Over dramatization.

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

12. Lajos Egri asserts that growth is a real character's reaction to his _____.
(a) Conflict.
(b) Luck.
(c) Accomplishments.
(d) Environment.

13. What term is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a proposition antecedently supposed or proved; a basis of argument. A proposition stated or assumed as leading to a conclusion"?
(a) Prerogative.
(b) Axiom.
(c) Premise.
(d) Assumption.

14. What are defined as habitual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion?
(a) Mentality.
(b) Prerogative.
(c) Personality traits.
(d) Opinion.

15. What does Lajos Egri claim to be the premise of "Romeo and Juliet"?
(a) "Ruthless ambition leads to its own destruction."
(b) "Great love defies even death."
(c) "Blind trust leads to destruction."
(d) "Love rewards death."

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lajos Egri's profession when he arrived in the United States?

2. From whom did Nora borrow money in "A Doll's House"?

3. What does Lajos Egri define as being what a writer sets out to prove with his story?

4. The antagonist in a play or work of literature faces off against _____.

5. What does Lajos Egri claim is the premise of "Othello"?

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