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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 wrote the play "Idiot's Delight"?
(a) Erskine Caldwell.
(b) Paul Green.
(c) Robert E. Sherwood.
(d) John Howard Lawson.

2. What does the author assert is imperative because it shows how a character can move from one emotion to another?
(a) Paragraphs.
(b) Transition.
(c) Chapters.
(d) Psychology.

3. Tartuffe is whose houseguest in the play "Tartuffe"?
(a) Mariane.
(b) Orgon.
(c) Elmire.
(d) Madame Pernelle.

4. Who is the object of Tartuffe's lust in "Tartuffe"?
(a) Elmire.
(b) Madame Pernelle.
(c) Mariane.
(d) Orgon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who offers an explanation of dialogue in Book IV: General, Chapter 3: Dialogue?

2. Shakespeare, according to the author, ignored _____ rules for writing.

3. What does Egri define as the no-return point and the highest in the scene?

4. Who is the priest in the play "Ghosts"?

5. What dance does the character of Nora famously dance in "A Doll's House"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Egri's response to Aristotle's theory on story structure?

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

5. What does Egri cite from the play "Ghosts" to show transition?

6. What is the definition and importance of conflict in drama?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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