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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. What term means a striking exhibition of unlikeness?
(a) Obstacle.
(b) Contrast.
(c) None of the answers is correct.
(d) Conflict.

2. What does Oedipus do in the ending of "Oedipus Rex"?
(a) Shoots himself.
(b) Blinds himself.
(c) Cuts his wrist.
(d) Hangs himself.

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

4. What refers to a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader?
(a) Story.
(b) Manifesto.
(c) Script.
(d) Poem.

5. According to the author, a character must represent the influence his _____ has had on him.
(a) Faith.
(b) Environment.
(c) Education.
(d) Upbringing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term refers to the process of finding two differing bodies, making them the protagonist and antagonist, and making these characters so well defined that you are allowed to put them into a situation in which they are unable to make a compromise?

2. What was the original title of "The Art of Dramatic Writing"?

3. When focusing on exactly how the pivotal character will come to lead a cause, the author explains that something is to be _____.

4. Whom does the man live with, in the scenario created by the author in Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Egri assert a writer may begin a play without a premise?

3. How does Egri view the correlation between thinking and premise?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the author claim a story moving from love to hate should be orchestrated?

9. What example does the author set up in Book II: Character, Chapter 5: Strength of Will in a Character?

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

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