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

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Example Question #1 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

Who wrote A Streetcar Named Desire?

Possible Answers:

Tennessee Williams

Eugene O’Neill

Tony Kushner

Arthur Miller

Edward Albee

Correct answer:

Tennessee Williams

Explanation:

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

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

During what decade was A Streetcar Named Desire first performed?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1950s

1960s

1940s

1970s

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

A Raisin in the Sun

Death of a Salesman

The Glass Menagerie

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Correct answer:

The Glass Menagerie

Explanation:

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

Example Question #4 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

Prior Walter

Harold Mitchell

Stella Kowalski

Blanche DuBois

Stanley Kowalski

Correct answer:

Prior Walter

Explanation:

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

Example Question #5 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

Who wrote the play Angels in America?

Possible Answers:

Suzan-Lori Parks

Arthur Miller

Tony Kushner

Lynn Nottage

Eugene O’Neill

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 #6 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

In what decade was Angels in America first performed?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1980s

1950s

1970s

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 #7 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

Amanda Wingfield

Harper Pitt

Louis Ironson

Prior Walter

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 #1 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

Who wrote Death of a Salesman?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Lynn Nottage

Arthur Miller

Suzan-Lori Parks

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 #3 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

A View from the Bridge

They Too Arise

The Violent Bear It Away

All My Sons

The Crucible

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 #10 : Contexts Of American Plays After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

Martha

Biff Loman

Happy Loman

Miss Forsythe

Willy Loman

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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