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

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Example Question #54 : Contexts Of Plays

Who wrote A Streetcar Named Desire?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Edward Albee

Tennessee Williams

Arthur Miller

Tony Kushner

Correct answer:

Tennessee Williams

Explanation:

A Streetcar Named Desire is one of Tennessee Williams’ most famous plays.

Example Question #55 : Contexts Of Plays

During what decade was A Streetcar Named Desire first performed?

Possible Answers:

1970s

1950s

1940s

1980s

1960s

Correct answer:

1940s

Explanation:

The play was first performed in 1947 on Broadway, and it received the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Example Question #1 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

The author of A Streetcar Named Desire also wrote which of the following plays?

Possible Answers:

Angels in America

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Death of a Salesman

A Raisin in the Sun

The Glass Menagerie

Correct answer:

The Glass Menagerie

Explanation:

Tennessee Williams, the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, published The Glass Menagerie in 1945.

Example Question #62 : Contexts Of Plays

Which of the following is not a character from A Streetcar Named Desire?

Possible Answers:

Harold Mitchell

Stella Kowalski

Prior Walter

Stanley Kowalski

Blanche DuBois

Correct answer:

Prior Walter

Explanation:

Prior Walter is a character from the play Angels in America, not from A Streetcar Named Desire.

Example Question #63 : Contexts Of Plays

Who wrote the play Angels in America?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Suzan-Lori Parks

Tony Kushner

Lynn Nottage

Arthur Miller

Correct answer:

Tony Kushner

Explanation:

Tony Kushner is the author of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which was more recently adapted into an HBO miniseries. The play is divided into two parts (which can be performed together or separately): Millennium Approaches and Perestroika.

Example Question #64 : Contexts Of Plays

In what decade was Angels in America first performed?

Possible Answers:

1970s

1960s

1950s

1980s

1990s

Correct answer:

1990s

Explanation:

The play premiered in 1991 and won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. If you didn’t know this, though, you could still infer that the play was performed in 1990s, as a central subject is the AIDS crisis that was just becoming widespread in America in the mid- to late-1980s.

Example Question #65 : Contexts Of Plays

Which of the following is not a character in Angels in America?

Possible Answers:

Harper Pitt

Prior Walter

Amanda Wingfield

Louis Ironson

Roy Cohn

Correct answer:

Amanda Wingfield

Explanation:

Amanda Wingfield is a character in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, not Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

Who wrote Death of a Salesman?

Possible Answers:

Lynn Nottage

Suzan-Lori Parks

Eugene O’Neill

Arthur Miller

Wendy Wasserstein

Correct answer:

Arthur Miller

Explanation:

This author is Arthur Miller, an important American playwright and essayist. Miller is famous for being married to Marilyn Monroe and for testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee as well as for his significant contributions to American drama, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and various other honors.

Example Question #67 : Contexts Of Plays

The author of Death of a Salesman also wrote all but which of the following plays?

Possible Answers:

All My Sons

A View from the Bridge

The Violent Bear It Away

The Crucible

They Too Arise

Correct answer:

The Violent Bear It Away

Explanation:

The Violent Bear It Away is actually a novel by Flannery O’Connor and not a play at all. The other four works are all dramas written by Miller between 1937 and 1955.

Example Question #68 : Contexts Of Plays

Which of the following is not a character in Death of a Salesman?

Possible Answers:

Happy Loman

Biff Loman

Willy Loman

Martha

Miss Forsythe

Correct answer:

Martha

Explanation:

Martha is a central character in Edward Albee’s 1962 play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and not in Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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