Chapter 4 - The Playwright

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Chapter 4 - The Playwright
This quiz covers information found in chapter 4 of Robert Cohen's Theatre Brief Edition, 7th Edition.

  
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  • 1. 
    According to the text, we are all playwrights.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 2. 
    A "playwright" is someone who:
    • A. 

      Writes plays.

    • B. 

      Makes plays.


  • 3. 
    The playwright work siwth two tools:
    • A. 

      Pen and paper

    • B. 

      Time and place

    • C. 

      Dialogue and physical action


  • 4. 
    Which of the following is not a quality of a fine play?
    • A. 

      Music and spectacle

    • B. 

      Credibility and intrigue

    • C. 

      Speakablility, stageability, and flow

    • D. 

      Richness and depth of characterization

    • E. 

      Gravity and pertinence


  • 5. 
    Compression refers to the playwright's skill in condensing a story into a theatrical time frame.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 6. 
    Intensity relates to an author's skill in eliminating or consolidating characters, events, locales, and words in the service of compression.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 7. 
    A fine play celebrates life.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 8. 
    Playwrights are the most fully celebrated artists of the theatre.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 9. 
    Neil Simon was America's first internationally celebrated dramatist.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 10. 
    Author of the modern classics All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and the Crucible, he was certainly America's most distinguished living dramatist.
    • A. 

      Eugene O'Neill

    • B. 

      Arthur Miller

    • C. 

      Neil Simon

    • D. 

      Edward Albee

    • E. 

      Lanford Wilson


  • 11. 
    It can be argued that he is not only America's most successful commercial playwright but also the most successful playwright in the entire history of theatre.
    • A. 

      Sam Shepard

    • B. 

      Arthur Miller

    • C. 

      Neil Simon

    • D. 

      Edward Albee

    • E. 

      Terrence McNally


  • 12. 
    The Zoo Story, a one-act, two character play set in New York's Central Park, brought him to prominence in 1959.
    • A. 

      Sam Shepard

    • B. 

      August Wilson

    • C. 

      Terrence McNally

    • D. 

      Edward Albee

    • E. 

      Neil Simon


  • 13. 
    His plays are basically prose poems; the language is musical, and the subject matter suggests modern myth more than everyday reality.
    • A. 

      August Wilson

    • B. 

      Terrence McNally

    • C. 

      Neil Simon

    • D. 

      Lanford Wilson

    • E. 

      Sam Shepard


  • 14. 
    When complete, his ten-play dramatic cycle will portray black American life within each decade of the twentieth century.
    • A. 

      August Wilson

    • B. 

      David Mamet

    • C. 

      Tony Kushner

    • D. 

      Sam Shepard

    • E. 

      Lanford Wilson


  • 15. 
    Won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2002 and became the longest-running Broadway play in two decades.
    • A. 

      Venus

    • B. 

      Proof

    • C. 

      Topdog/Underdog

    • D. 

      In The Company of Men

    • E. 

      How I Learned to Drive


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