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

Aimé Césaire

Kamau Brathwaite

Earl Lovelace

Derek Walcott

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 #2 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Who of the following is not an African dramatist?

Possible Answers:

Ola Rotimi

Jean Rhys

Ama Ata Aidoo

Wole Soyinka

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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 #3 : Contexts Of World Plays After 1925

Which of these European playwrights was a staunch Marxist?

Possible Answers:

Bertolt Brecht

Eugene Ionesco

Jean Genet

Friedrich Schiller

Henrik Ibsen

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:

Eugene Ionesco

Samuel Beckett

Tennessee Williams

Fernando Arrabal

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

nineteenth-century marital norms

the miniaturization of urban life

shifting political regimes in Norway

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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