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A famous speech by Shakespeare's Falstaff questions the value of: honor 1.  ( T or F ) Aristotle considered plot more important than character or thought. True 2.  ( T or F ) Aristotle was both a theater critic and a philosopher. True 3.  Aristotle's famous analysis of tragedy is found in a work called: The Poetics 4.  Aristotle's work on comedy is how long? 5 acts long

5. What did the Commedia delle'arte specialize in?
6.  What is satire? a literary genre or form, although in practice it is also found in the graphic and performing arts, or a literary technique that attacks foolishness by making fun of it. 7. ( T or F ) The prophecies in Oedipus Rex turn out to be wrong. True 8. One actor on stage, speaking his private thoughts aloud is an example of: Soliloquy 10. Satire does what:

11.  Only the opening sentence survives of : Aristotle's essay on comedy pg 236 12.  ( T or F ) Satire is always serious. It criticizes ideas and behaviors that are dangerous to society. False 13.  Shakespeare's five great tragedies include: Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and: Romeo and Juliet. 14.  The plays of Chekhov feature: Naturalism pg 247-249

15.  Which of the following conventions is seldom found in Elizabethan theaters: Soliloquy or Elizabeth’s Sonnet 16. Know the plot summary of Oedipus Rex. Antigone: Creon condemns both Antigone and Ismene to death. Haemon, Creon’s son and Antigone’s betrothed, enters the stage. Oedipus the King: Oedipus naturally refuses to believe Tiresias’s accusation. After Tiresias leaves, Oedipus threatens Creon with death or exile for conspiring with the prophet. That baby was Oedipus. Oedipus at Colonus: Despite the warning, Theseus agrees to help Oedipus. Theseus does in fact return with Oedipus’s daughters shortly. 17.  Which of these are least likely to be found in the theater of ancient Athens? (Violence never occurred but illustrated by a messenger or no female actors) 18.  Who was Thespis? Thespis is the semi-historical, 6thCentury B.C. inventor of acting 19. What is Medea and how does it end? Euripedes' Medea opens in a state of conflict. Jason has abandoned his wife, Medea, along with their two children. He hopes to advance his station by remarrying with Glauce, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth, the Greek city where the play is set. Jason's recent abandonment of that family has crushed Medea emotionally, to the degree that she curses her own existence, as well as that of her two children. Fearing a possible plot of revenge, Creon banishes Medea and her children from the city. Jason accuses Medea of overreacting. Medea finds him spineless, and she refuses to accept his token offers of help. The coronet and dress are actually poisoned, however, and their delivery causes Glauce's death. A messenger recounts the gruesome details of these deaths, which Medea absorbs with cool attentiveness. 20. Catharsis is? A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience 21. Ibsen's Nora is famous for? The play “Doll’s House” pg 243 22. Who is Antigone, and why is she arrested. Oedipus's daughter, and Haemon ask to marry her yet she killed Polynices. 23. What does Creon think of Antigone's brother Polyneices? Creon ordered Eteocles buried in honor and left Polynices to rot on the pain of death. 24. How does the play Antigone end? Antigone hung herself and Haemon then stabbed himself and lay beside Antigone, Eurydice cut her throat. Creon is alone and All who had to die have now died 25. Know the terms aside, parody, melodrama,dues ex machina, hubris, verisimilitude, unities, proscenium, protagonist, subtext, recognition scene, exposition, catharsis 26. The first recorded comedies were written by Greek tragic playwrights in order to: get the spectators quieted down and ready for a performance 27. Athol Fugard wrote a play about? (Racial themes) play about...
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