CLEP Humanities : Identifying Titles, Authors, or Schools of Nineteenth-Century Drama

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Drama

Gilbert and Sullivan were known for writing what kind of works?

Possible Answers:

Epic poems

Tragedies

Comic operas

Histories

Novels

Correct answer:

Comic operas

Explanation:

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were a librettist and composer, respectively, who began teaming up in the 1870s to write comic operas. Throughout the next few decades, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote some of the most well known works of theater, including The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Mikado. Gilbert and Sullivan's work highly influenced the development of musical theater in the twentieth century.

Example Question #1 : Drama

Who wrote A Doll's House and Ghosts?

Possible Answers:

Henry James

Nora Helmer

Helene Alving

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Henrik Ibsen

Correct answer:

Henrik Ibsen

Explanation:

Henrik Ibsen wrote both of the plays Ghosts and A Doll's House. He was a 19th century Norwegian playwright. He is sometimes called the "father of realism."

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