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

2. What philosopher surmised that "every story must have a beginning, middle, and an end"?
(a) Plato.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Homer.
(d) Aristotle.

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

4. What does Egri define as the no-return point and the highest in the scene?
(a) Apex.
(b) Event horizon.
(c) Climax.
(d) Peak.

5. Shakespeare, according to the author, ignored _____ rules for writing.
(a) Homer's.
(b) Aristotle's.
(c) Plato's.
(d) Socrates'.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the last name of Sorel and Simon in "Hay Fever"?

2. When a scene ends the same way it begins, it is ____, and therefore boring because it ignores drama, according to the author.

3. What does Nora do in the ending of "A Doll's House"?

4. When was "Tobacco Road" first performed?

5. What is often taught as the act of establishing mood, atmosphere, and background, before the action begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the point of attack defined? Where should it take place, according to the author?

2. How does the author approach the discussion of exposition in a dramatic work?

3. How is transition shown in Moliere's "Tartuffe" in the text?

4. Where does the author assert exposition should exist in a play?

5. What is the importance of emotion in the character, according to Egri?

6. Why might a writer have difficulty with entrances and exits in his play? What does the writer suggest?

7. How does the author describe jumping conflict?

8. What does the author show in the play "Design for Living"?

9. What is the opposite of rising conflict?

10. What are the four divisions of conflict related by the author?

(see the answer keys)

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