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. Whom was Plato a student of?

2. The Sophists taught what, meaning quality or excellence as the highest value and determinant of one's actions in life?

3. According to the author, every sensible invention must have _____.

4. The antagonist in a play or work of literature faces off against _____.

5. The author undoubtedly wants his characters to be the play in order to express _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What example does the author set up in Book II: Character, Chapter 5: Strength of Will in a Character?

9. What does the author assert of writers who decide to write of their own experiences?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the theories of Egri and Aristotle on the importance of character. How does character relate to action?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Egri's definition of "bone structure." What components make up the bone structure of a character or a person?

Essay Topic 3

Define and describe rising conflict in a dramatic work. What feeds the conflict when it is rising? What does the author say of this type of conflict?

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