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Lajos Egri
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book II: Character, Chapter 5: Strength of Will in a Character, the author sets up a situation where a crime is committed with supposedly no ______.
(a) Weapon.
(b) Victim.
(c) Timetable.
(d) Motive.

2. Who is Macbeth's friend and a general in the army in "The Tragedy of Macbeth"?
(a) Donalbain.
(b) Macduff.
(c) Banquo.
(d) Lennox.

3. When focusing on exactly how the pivotal character will come to lead a cause, the author explains that something is to be _____.
(a) In conflict.
(b) Enlightening.
(c) At stake for them.
(d) Motivating.

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

5. Lajos Egri compels the writer to know that their characters should not be dependent on their _____.
(a) Premise.
(b) Thoughts.
(c) Imagination.
(d) Pen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who translated Ibsen's "The Pillars of Society" to English?

2. What expressionist play by Lajos Egri was translated from Hungarian and produced at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York in the 1920s?

3. In Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites, the author states that the antagonist and pivotal character absolutely cannot do what?

4. What does Oedipus do in the ending of "Oedipus Rex"?

5. Who wrote "Oedipus Rex"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the antagonist defined and described by the author?

2. What must be at stake for the pivotal character, according to the author?

3. What is the first step to fleshing out characters, according to the author?

4. What does the author assert in Book II: Character, Chapter 5: Strength of Will in a Character about the need to fight?

5. Describe Egri's example about a crime play in Book I: Premise. Why does he assert it does not work?

6. What are the three dimensions the author describes as "bone structure"?

7. How does the author describe contradiction and dialectics?

8. What does the author claim is the one key factor in obtaining conflict?

9. What is the author's premise in opening Book II: Character, Chapter 1?

10. What example of growth does the author describe in "A Doll's House"?

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