GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of Plays

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Example Question #41 : Contexts Of Plays

In what decade was Waiting for Godot published?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1970s

1940s

1950s

1930s

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:

Samuel Beckett

Tom Stoppard

Eugene O’Neill

Eugène Ionesco

Harold Pinter

Correct answer:

Tom Stoppard

Explanation:

This play is written by Tom Stoppard.

Example Question #42 : Contexts Of Plays

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

Possible Answers:

Gertrude

Polonius

Ophelia

Falstaff

Fortinbras

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 #3 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who wrote The Birthday Party?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Eugène Ionesco

Edward Albee

Samuel Beckett

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 #43 : Contexts Of Plays

Who is the protagonist of The Birthday Party?

Possible Answers:

Goldberg

Stanley Webber

McCann

Petey Boles

Meg 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 #44 : Contexts Of Plays

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

Possible Answers:

The Caretaker

Betrayal

The Homecoming

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The Room

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 #6 : Contexts Of British Plays After 1925

Who is the author of Waiting for Godot?

Possible Answers:

Eugene O’Neill

Harold Pinter

Eugène Ionesco

Tom Stoppard

Samuel Beckett

Correct answer:

Samuel Beckett

Explanation:

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

Example Question #43 : Contexts Of British Plays

What movement does Waiting for Godot belong to? 

Possible Answers:

Neo-realism

Modernism

theatre of the absurd

Bretonian Surrealism

Dadaism

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.

Example Question #45 : Contexts Of Plays

Which of the following is not a character in Waiting for Godot?

Possible Answers:

Pozzo

Estragon

Lucky

Molloy

Vladimir

Correct answer:

Molloy

Explanation:

Molloy is the title of a 1951 novel by Samuel Beckett, but it is not the name of a character in Waiting for Godot (1953).

Example Question #41 : Contexts Of Plays

What famous play do the protagonists of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead originally appear in?

Possible Answers:

Hamlet

Pygmalion

Death of a Salesman

A Streetcar Named Desire

Henry IV Part I

Correct answer:

Hamlet

Explanation:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1603). Most of Stoppard’s play takes place “offstage” or behind the scenes of the actions in Hamlet, with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (two of Hamlet’s friends and courtiers) acting confused about what is happening onstage without them. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was first performed in 1966.

Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (1949), George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1913), and William Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I (1600) were all used as alternate answer choices.

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