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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. The Sophists taught what, meaning quality or excellence as the highest value and determinant of one's actions in life?
(a) Accomplishment.
(b) Virtue.
(c) Arete.
(d) Wealth.

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

3. In Book II: Character, Chapter 3: The Dialectical Approach, the author exemplifies his approach by creating a female character who turns to _____.
(a) Her father.
(b) Her mother.
(c) Her husband.
(d) Prostitution.

4. Who hid Desdemona's handkerchief in Cassio's lodging in "Othello"?
(a) Emilia.
(b) Bianca.
(c) Gratiano.
(d) Iago.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What character element is established from detailing his body and health, the people around him and his environment, and his mind?

2. What is Lajos Egri's terminology for the physiological, psychological, and sociological makeup of a character?

3. Where was Lajos Egri born?

4. What refers to a settlement of differences by mutual concessions, an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims?

5. What does Lajos Egri claim to be the premise of King Lear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author define premise? What is the importance of the premise?

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

5. How does the author describe contradiction and dialectics?

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

7. What does the author say about compromise between the pivotal character and the antagonist? Can it be achieved?

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

9. What does the author assert of writers who decide to write of their own experiences?

10. How does Egri relate man's mind with his physical body in describing character development?

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