The Art of Dramatic Writing Test | Final 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. When a scene ends the same way it begins, it is ____, and therefore boring because it ignores drama, according to the author.

2. Who tells Krogstad that she only married her husband because she had no other means to support her sick mother and young siblings in "A Doll's House"?

3. The author believes the writer to be lost if he is spending his time worrying about _____.

4. The premise of a dramatic work, according to the author, is not the same as _____.

5. The author asserts that despite bad writing, many plays garner fans because _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author relate conflict to genetics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the opposite of rising conflict?

10. How does Egri's student describe the importance of dialogue in Book IV: General, Chapter 3: Dialogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the play "King Lear" and Egri's assessment of its premise. Who is the pivotal character? Who is the antagonist?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss the unity of opposites. How does the author define this term? What does he relate about compromise in the reading?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author use "A Doll's House" to illustrate character growth and transition? What scenes in particular did he choose to use and why?

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