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

2. What classical Greek Athenian philosopher was credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy and was known chiefly through the accounts of later classical writers, especially the writings of his students?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Heraclitus.
(c) Plato.
(d) Socrates.

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

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

5. What American writer wrote "The root-idea is the beginning of the process"?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Langston Hughes.
(c) John Howard Lawson.
(d) John Steinbeck.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term refers to a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with the hero of a work of drama or literature?

2. Who kills Macbeth at the end of "The Tragedy of Macbeth"?

3. When did Lajos Egri die?

4. Whom was Plato a student of?

5. The author takes a look at when a play's story moves from something like love to hate, and claims that in order to have this, things need to be _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Egri relate the premise to the universal truth?

2. What is the role of character according to the author in Chapter 6: Plot or Character--Which?

3. What example does the author give to explain the unity of opposites?

4. What examples does Egri use in Book I: The Premise to describe love in a play?

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

6. What does the author assert about character development in Chapter 7: Characters Plotting Their Own Play?

7. How does the author show the importance of character in "Oedipus Rex"?

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

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

10. Describe the author's belief about growth in the character. Why must characters grow?

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