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

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Example Question #1 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

In what decade was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead first performed?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1950s

1970s

1960s

1940s

Correct answer:

1960s

Explanation:

The play was first staged in 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Festival Fringe, the world's largest annual arts festival.

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

The author of The Birthday Party also wrote work belonging to all but which of the following genres?

Possible Answers:

morality plays

theater of the absurd

comedy of menace

memory plays

Correct answer:

morality plays

Explanation:

Morality plays were popular during medieval times. Pinter’s work was avant-garde, not antiquated, so we can infer that his work was categorized as comedy of menace, memory plays, and theater of the absurd.

Example Question #3 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

In what decade was Waiting for Godot published?

Possible Answers:

1930s

1970s

1950s

1940s

1960s

Correct answer:

1950s

Explanation:

The play was published in 1953.

Example Question #1 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who is the author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966)?

Possible Answers:

Tom Stoppard

Harold Pinter

Eugène Ionesco

Eugene O’Neill

Samuel Beckett

Correct answer:

Tom Stoppard

Explanation:

This play is written by Tom Stoppard.

Example Question #1 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Which of the following is not a character in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead?

Possible Answers:

Polonius

Ophelia

Falstaff

Fortinbras

Gertrude

Correct answer:

Falstaff

Explanation:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966)shares many of its characters with Hamlet. Only Falstaff is not taken from Hamlet; he is a major character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I (1600).

Example Question #1 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who wrote The Birthday Party?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Edward Albee

Samuel Beckett

Eugène Ionesco

Harold Pinter

Correct answer:

Harold Pinter

Explanation:

The author is Harold Pinter. The Birthday Party (1958) is one of his most famous plays.

Example Question #4 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who is the protagonist of The Birthday Party?

Possible Answers:

Goldberg

Meg Boles

McCann

Stanley Webber

Petey Boles

Correct answer:

Stanley Webber

Explanation:

Pinter’s The Birthday Party (1958) follows a former piano player named Stanley Webber through the events that transpire after two menacing strangers arrive at his birthday party. The rest of the characters appear in the play as well, but they are not the protagonist.

Example Question #5 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Which of the following was not originally written by the author of The Birthday Party?

Possible Answers:

The Room

The Homecoming

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The Caretaker

Betrayal

Correct answer:

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Explanation:

Although Harold Pinter produced a film adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), the novel was originally written by John Fowles in 1969.

The Caretaker (1960), The Homecoming (1965), Betrayal (1978), and The Room (1957) were all written by Harold Pinter.

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who is the author of Waiting for Godot?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Tom Stoppard

Samuel Beckett

Eugène Ionesco

Harold Pinter

Correct answer:

Samuel Beckett

Explanation:

Waiting for Godot (1953) is one of Samuel Beckett’s most famous plays.

Example Question #7 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

What movement does Waiting for Godot belong to? 

Possible Answers:

theatre of the absurd

Modernism

Bretonian Surrealism

Dadaism

Neo-realism

Correct answer:

theatre of the absurd

Explanation:

Waiting for Godot (1953) is a prime exemplar of the theatre of the absurd movement, which features surreal situations, meaningless wordplay, examination of existential questions and nihilism, and a lack of clear resolutions.

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