GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Identification of British Plays After 1925

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GRE Subject Test: Literature in English

varsity tutors app store varsity tutors android store

All GRE Subject Test: Literature in English Resources

1 Diagnostic Test 158 Practice Tests Question of the Day Flashcards Learn by Concept

Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

This play's title is taken from a line in Shelley's poem "To a Skylark."

Possible Answers:

Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams 

Love on the Dole by Ronald Gow 

Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill 

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

The Royal Hunt of the Sun by Peter Shaffer 

Correct answer:

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

Explanation:

The title of Noel Coward's 1941 comic play, Blithe Spirit, is taken from a the first line of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "To a Skylark":

"Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
                Bird thou never wert,
         That from Heaven, or near it,
                Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art."
 
The play itself focuses on novelist Charles Condomine and medium Madame Arcati's failed attempt to conduct a seance.
 
Passage adapted from "To a Skylark" l.1-5 by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1820)

Example Question #2 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

What play centers on two hit-men, Ben and Gus, who are awaiting their next assignment in a windowless basement?

Possible Answers:

No Exit by Jean-Paul-Sartre

Endgame by Samuel Beckett

The Balcony by Jean Genet

The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

Underground Lovers by Jean Tardieu

Correct answer:

The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter

Explanation:

This overview describes the one-act play The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter.

Example Question #3 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

This play switches back and forth between the year 1809 and the present. Some of the main characters include Thomasina Coverly, Septimus Hodge, Hannah Jarvis, and Bernard Nightingale.

Possible Answers:

Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter

Translations by Brian Friel

Narrow Road to the Deep North by Edward Bond

Chips with Everything by Arnold Wesker

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Correct answer:

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Explanation:

This is a brief overview of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, a play first performed in 1993.

Example Question #4 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

The Common Man, Sir Thomas More, and Thomas Cromwell are characters in which of the following plays?

Possible Answers:

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

The Way of the World by William Congreve

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Correct answer:

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Explanation:

The Common Man, Sir Thomas More, and Thomas Cromwell are characters from the 1960 play A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt. The play follows the life of Sir Thomas More, the sixteenth-century Chancellor of England—a "man of conscience."

Example Question #5 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

Anthonio Salieri, Constanze Weber, and Emperor Joseph II are characters from which of the following plays?

Possible Answers:

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

Correct answer:

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

Explanation:

Anthonio Salieri, Constanze Weber, and Emperor Joseph II are characters in Peter Shaffer's 1979 play Amadeus, which creates a fictionalized plot centering on composers, Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The play is based on the 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin, Mozart and Salieri.

Example Question #6 : Identification Of British Plays After 1925

Which of the following is an absurdist, existentialist play that focuses on characters from a Shakespearian tragedy?

Possible Answers:

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

The Homecoming by Harold Pinter

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

 

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket

Correct answer:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Explanation:

This brief overview describes Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, first performed in 1966. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet who are presumably killed off-stage over the course of the play.

All GRE Subject Test: Literature in English Resources

1 Diagnostic Test 158 Practice Tests Question of the Day Flashcards Learn by Concept
Learning Tools by Varsity Tutors

Incompatible Browser

Please upgrade or download one of the following browsers to use Instant Tutoring: