CLEP Humanities : Understanding Terminology That Describes Nineteenth-Century Drama

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Nineteenth Century Drama

The phrase "Chekhov's Gun" refers to the dramatic storytelling proposition that __________.

Possible Answers:

a character who is used to explain the story to the audience

every element included in a play or story must have a reason for appearing in the story

a plot twist that comes from a mysterious or intercessory figure or event

a twist ending that was not seen before in the story

an item that serves as a distraction from the main story

Correct answer:

every element included in a play or story must have a reason for appearing in the story

Explanation:

"Chekhov's Gun" is named after the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, who once commented, "If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there." The term is now used to describe any small element that is introduced into the story to be used later in the plotline.

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