Theatre Appreciation Ch.7

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Which of the following is NOT a convention of dramatic structure?

limited conflict

Medieval cycle plays were known to go on for as long as

twenty-five days.

A full account of an event or series of events, usually told in chronological order, is called a

story.

A selection and arrangement of scenes from a story is called a

plot.

An impediment that is put in a character’s way is called a(n)

obstacle.

An outside force or new twist in the plot introduced at an opportune moment is a(n)

complication.

The final and most significant crisis is referred to as the

climax.

"To make a political statement" is a

purpose.

"To portray a story in a comic manner" is a

viewpoint.

"The story of Electra" is a

subject.

"To entertain royalty" is a

purpose.

"To present events as heroic" is a

viewpoint.

"The events of the Holocaust" is a

subject.

"A love story" is a

subject.

"To escape" is a

purpose.

"To reinforce religious beliefs" is a

purpose.

"The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel" is a

viewpoint.

The first task of the dramatist is to decide what aspect of people and their concerns to write about in order to give the play a purpose.

True

If playwrights are writing about a historical event, it is inappropriate for them to change the order of events to suit their purpose

False

The subject of drama varies greatly, and at certain times throughout theatre history, drama has focused on human beings, but more often than not the subjects of drama are quite different.

False

An example of point of view in film might be the various angles of vision and perspectives that the camera selects for us.

True

If two or more playwrights create a play based on the same story, it is important that the facts of that story remain consistent from one play to the next.

False

Dramatic action is the essence of drama, and even the word drama derives from the word dran, which means "to act" or "to do."

True

The word genre means "an ability to generalize about all human beings by observing a small portion of their actions."

False

The viewpoint of a theatre artist actually provides the audience with a key to understanding the actions and words of the characters on stage.

True

The fact that Euripides was writing tragedies at the same time that Aristophanes was writing satirical farces serves as an example that it is possible for a multiplicity of individual viewpoints to be expressed in drama regardless of the prevailing societal viewpoint.

True

Politicians and advertisers often hide their point of view, whereas a playwright’s imposition of their point of view is direct and deliberate.

True

Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined this statement regarding a playwright’s point of view: "The world is a comedy to those that think and a tragedy to those that feel."

False

Two periods that were particularly conducive to the creation of tragic drama were the eighteenth century (the age of enlightenment) and the nineteenth century (the century of progress).

False

Although it is an aspect of basic human nature that people like to categorize all things, it is often not best to try place all plays into distinct categories, as that is a practice that does not recognize those plays that are unique and original in their point of view or style.

True

In our contemporary world it is important to recognize a feminist or woman’s point of view in analyzing and understanding dramatic works as that viewpoint has not always been considered or respected throughout history but it is essential to the future development of dramatic works.

True

One technique that works effectively is to structure most of the play with a looser organization that allows the playwright to create a tightly structured ending in order to make the viewpoint clear.

False

Another danger of categorizing dramatic works is that this diverts our focus from the single most important aspect of theatrical production: to experience the play live and to react to it in the moment.

True

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