The Art of Dramatic Writing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lajos Egri
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites, the author creates a skit where an abandoned street dog makes friends with what?

2. What does Lajos Egri define as being what a writer sets out to prove with his story?

3. Who wrote the play "A Doll's House"?

4. A play, according to the author, will not work without what central figure who drives the action?

5. What refers to a dramatic form that does not observe the laws of cause and effect and that exaggerates emotion and emphasizes plot or action at the expense of characterization?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe contradiction and dialectics?

2. How important is a character's environment to their actions?

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

4. Describe Egri's example about a crime play in Book I: Premise. Why does he assert it does not work?

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

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

7. How does Egri relate the premise to the universal truth?

8. What does orchestration mean? How is it accomplished?

9. What example of growth does the author describe in "A Doll's House"?

10. What example does the author give to explain the unity of opposites?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the characters, plot, and premise of the play "Romeo and Juliet". Which is the pivotal character in the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Who is the pivotal character in "A Doll's House"? Describe the plot and premise of this play.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Egri's assessment of the premise of "The Tragedy of Macbeth". Who are the pivotal character and antagonist in this play?

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