The Art of Dramatic Writing Test | Final Test - Easy

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, a good _____ is where something vital is at stake at the very beginning of a play.
(a) Plot.
(b) Storyline.
(c) Point of attack.
(d) Introduction.

2. The author stresses that it is bad play writing to create atmosphere and gather evidence of the problem before establishing _____.
(a) Environment.
(b) Conflict.
(c) Plot.
(d) Characters.

3. Who wrote the play "Stevedore"?
(a) Henrik Ibsen.
(b) Paul Peters.
(c) Edna Ferber.
(d) George S. Kaufman.

4. Why does the man in the author's short skit in Book III: Conflict, Chapter 2: Cause and Effect realize he cannot date a girl?
(a) He is ugly.
(b) He is too poor.
(c) He is too short.
(d) He is too fat.

5. What does the author assert environment influences in drama?
(a) Action.
(b) Character.
(c) Plot.
(d) Premise.

6. What term refers to a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation to discover something unknown or of testing a principle?
(a) Sample.
(b) Experiment.
(c) Guess work.
(d) Dry run.

7. What verb means to lay stress upon stress?
(a) Blow up.
(b) Emphasize.
(c) None of the answers is correct.
(d) Categorize.

8. Who offers an explanation of dialogue in Book IV: General, Chapter 3: Dialogue?
(a) A layman.
(b) A famous drama critic.
(c) A teacher of the author's.
(d) A student of the author's.

9. In Book III: Conflict, Chapter 1: Origin of Action, the author claims that every action has components that _____.
(a) Cause pain.
(b) Cause it to happen.
(c) Require thinking.
(d) Cause conflict.

10. What is defined as the organization and presentation of events and scenes in a work of fiction or drama so that the reader or observer is prepared to some degree for what occurs later in the work?
(a) Foreshadowing.
(b) Moral giveaway.
(c) Psychic writing.
(d) Plot exposure.

11. What does the author assert arises from environment and one's social situation?
(a) Conflict.
(b) Opinions.
(c) Relationships.
(d) Happiness.

12. What is often referred to as the scene for which everyone is waiting, the scene which has been promised throughout and which cannot be eliminated?
(a) Obligatory.
(b) Climax.
(c) Epic.
(d) Signature.

13. What does the author assert is the ideal type of conflict?
(a) Abrupt.
(b) Extreme.
(c) Confusing.
(d) Rising.

14. What is always relative to someone or something, according to the author?
(a) Definition.
(b) Catharsis.
(c) Plot.
(d) Conflict.

15. What happens at the end of "The Cherry Orchard"?
(a) The cherries are harvested.
(b) The orchard is cut down.
(c) Everyone drinks cherry wine.
(d) A new orchard is planted.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the object of Tartuffe's lust in "Tartuffe"?

2. Who wrote the play "Tobacco Road"?

3. What playwright does the author assert produced badly written plays after World War II had just finished, and dealt with problems rather tame and different, compared to what people had just gone through with the war?

4. "Hymn to the Rising Sun" is cited in Book IV: General, Chapter 3: Dialogue to prove how _____ can be put forth competently without force or illogical, out-of-character dialogue?

5. Who wrote the play "Hedda Gabler"?

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