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 asserts that characters must be what?

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

3. Who reveals he has entered the terminal stage of tuberculosis in "A Doll's House"?

4. The author claims that a man's _____ will react to something that affects him physically more so than his body.

5. Where is the man who meets the dog going in the author's scenario in Book II, Character, Chapter 11: Unity of Opposites?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the antagonist defined and described by the author?

2. What does the author assert about character development in Chapter 7: Characters Plotting Their Own Play?

3. How does the author describe contradiction and dialectics?

4. How does Egri relate man's mind with his physical body in describing character development?

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

6. Describe the author's belief about growth in the character. Why must characters grow?

7. What does the author assert in Book II: Character, Chapter 5: Strength of Will in a Character about the need to fight?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the concept of premise introduced in the text. How does Egri's definition of the term relate to the encyclopedia definition? How is this term used in other art forms?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the elements of contradiction and dialectics. How does contradiction lead to motion, according to Egri? How does Egri define dialectics?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Robert E. Sherwood's play, "Idiot's Delight". What are the plot, major characters and premise of the play? What does the author assert of its structure?

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