GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of World Plays After 1925

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Example Question #1 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Who of the following is not a Caribbean playwright?

Possible Answers:

Wole Solinka

Derek Walcott

Kamau Brathwaite

Aimé Césaire

Earl Lovelace

Correct answer:

Wole Solinka

Explanation:

Wole Solinka is a dramatist, but he is from Nigeria, not the Caribbean. He is the first African recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, and his plays, which feature colonialism and African politics, include Death and the King’s Horsemen, Kongi’s Harvest, and A Dance of the Forests.

Example Question #1 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Who of the following is not an African dramatist?

Possible Answers:

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ama Ata Aidoo

Jean Rhys

Wole Soyinka

Ola Rotimi

Correct answer:

Jean Rhys

Explanation:

While Jean Rhys is a renowned writer, she is Dominican and not African. Moreover, she was known for writing novels (including Wide Sargasso Sea and After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie) and not plays.

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Which of these European playwrights was a staunch Marxist?

Possible Answers:

Jean Genet

Bertolt Brecht

Friedrich Schiller

Henrik Ibsen

Eugene Ionesco

Correct answer:

Bertolt Brecht

Explanation:

This dramatist is Brecht, and his lifelong Marxist leanings were often visible in his aesthetics. His works include plays such as Mother Courage and Her Children, The Threepenny Opera, and Man Equals Man. He and his wife also co-founded and operated the Berliner Ensemble, an important post-war German theater company.

Example Question #4 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Which of the following playwrights did not write work belonging to the Theatre of the Absurd?

Possible Answers:

Fernando Arrabal

Samuel Beckett

Eugene Ionesco

Tennessee Williams

Jean Genet

Correct answer:

Tennessee Williams

Explanation:

Only Tennessee Williams did not write absurdist plays emphasizing the meaninglessness of human existence. (The Theatre of the Absurd was a primarily European phenomenon, and Williams was American.)

Example Question #5 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

What is the subject of the play A Doll’s House?

Possible Answers:

wartime attitudes toward pacifists in Germany

social conventions surrounding treatment of the disabled

shifting political regimes in Norway

the miniaturization of urban life

nineteenth-century marital norms

Correct answer:

nineteenth-century marital norms

Explanation:

Written by Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House concerns what the playwright considered to be the constricting aspects of marriage, motherhood, female domesticity, and public reputation versus private morality. The work is a tragedy and takes place in Ibsen’s native Norway in the late nineteenth century.

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