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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 Hedda's married name in the play "Hedda Gabler"?
(a) Elvsted.
(b) Gabler.
(c) Tesman.
(d) Brack.

2. The author believes the writer to be lost if he is spending his time worrying about _____.
(a) The introduction.
(b) What others will think.
(c) The climax.
(d) Developing secondary characters.

3. In rising conflict, each conflict causes _____.
(a) The one after it.
(b) More drama.
(c) A resolution.
(d) Character growth.

4. The action of "Hedda Gabler" takes place in a villa in _____.
(a) Kane.
(b) Krostein.
(c) Christiania.
(d) Krakow.

5. How is the man described in the author's short skit presented in Book III: Conflict, Chapter 2: Cause and Effect?
(a) A boring old man.
(b) A cordial twenty-something.
(c) Uptight.
(d) A clumsy fool.

Short Answer Questions

1. What philosopher surmised that "every story must have a beginning, middle, and an end"?

2. Hedda Gabler's father in the play of the same name is _____.

3. "Hymn to the Rising Sun" is cited in Book IV: General, Chapter 3: Dialogue to prove how _____ can be put forth competently without force or illogical, out-of-character dialogue?

4. Who is a carpenter in the play "Ghosts"?

5. Tartuffe is whose houseguest in the play "Tartuffe"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author write about the obligatory scene?

4. What is the first division of conflict the author describes in detail in the text?

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

6. What example does the author present for the emergence of conflict in Book III: Conflict, Chapter 1: Origin of Action?

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

8. How does the author relate character to action and environment?

9. What work by Leonardo da Vinci does Egri cite as an example of transition?

10. What is the author's example from "Tartuffe" regarding conflict?

(see the answer keys)

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