Drama Reading Quiz

Question 1

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Determine which type of source the following information represents:

Title: American Literature
Pages: 46-58
Author: Linda Thompson
Title: “The New Formalism Backlash”
Volume: 71 number 3
Source: Print
Year: 1999

A. book
B. work in an anthology
C. journal article
D. newspaper article

Question 2

The exposition in a play tells the audience what they should know about the past.




Question 3

The event that causes Blanche to go fully insane is:

A. Her loss of Belle Reve
B. Her rape by Stanley
C. Stanley’s beating of Stella
D. Her rejection by Mitch


Question 4

In MLA, which is the correct format for the citation of a journal article?

A. Doe, Jane.  Title of Journal.  “Title of Article.”  Volume (year): pages.  Print.
B. Doe, Jane.  “Title of Article”  Title of Journal.  Volume (year): pages.  Print.
C. Doe, Jane.  “Title of Article.”  Title of Journal Volume (year): pages.  Print.
D. Doe, Jane.  “Title of Article.”  Title of Journal.  Volume (year): pages.  Print


Question 5

A Raisin in the Sun upholds racial stereotypes by portraying them uncritically.




Question 6

Stage directions tell the character in the play what to do.




Question 7

In MLA format, in which order should you out your first-page header information?

A. Name
B. Name
C. Name
D. Name

Question 8

In ancient Greek plays, the chorus is typically comprised of old men.




Question 9

What does Mrs. Hale decide to do with the bird in “Trifles”?

A. Give it to the Sheriff
B. Leave it where Minnie Foster left it
C. Puts it in her pocket
D. Gives it to Mrs. Peters


Question 10

The following lines come from which play we read? “He was a boy, just a boy, when I was a very young girl. When I was sixteen, I made the discovery—love. All at once and much, much too completely. It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow.”

A. A Raisin in the Sun
B. A Streetcar Named Desire
C. Antigone
D. A Doll’s House


Question 11

Which type of title would not be written in quotation marks when used in your paper, according to MLA style?

A. Short Stories
B. Poems
C. Plays
D. Journal Articles


Question 12

When you paraphrase a source, you need to give a page number as well as to introduce the source in the sentence.




Question 13

How are Antigone and Haemon related?

A. they’re not related
B. siblings
C. cousins
D. spouses


Question 14

Read the following paragraph.  Which of the sentences listed would be the best topic sentence for this paragraph?


The strictest military discipline imaginable is still looser than that prevailing in the average assembly‑line. The soldier, at worst, is still able to exercise the highest conceivable functions of freedom ‑‑ that is, he or she is permitted to steal and to kill. No discipline prevailing in peace gives him or her anything remotely resembling this. The soldier is, in war, in the position of a free adult; in peace he or she is almost always in the position of a child. In war all things are excused by success, even violations of discipline. In peace, speaking generally, success is inconceivable except as a function of discipline. (from H.L. Mencken, “Reflections on War” [edited]).

A. We commonly look on the discipline of war as vastly more rigid than any discipline necessary in time of peace, but this is an error.
B.  Soldiers need discipline.
C. In times of peace, soldiers often convert easily from wartime pursuits to the discipline necessary successfully to compete in even the most competitive marketplace.
D. Although soldiers are not always disciplined, they serve an important social function in wartime.


Question 15

As a nineteenth-century woman, what is the most shocking thing Nora does in A Doll’s House?

A. befriend Mrs. Linde
B. leave her children
C. take out a loan
D. lie to her husband


Question 16

In “Trifles,” Mrs. Peters in married to whom?

A. The attorney
B. The sheriff
C. She is widowed.
D. Mr. Hale


Question 17

The following line is most appropriate to which play?  “Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men.”

A. “Trifles”
B. A Doll’s House
C. All of the answers listed
D.  Antigone


Question 18

Indicate the correct order of a Works Cited entry for a book by matching the places to their parts.

                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. City C
                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. Title B
                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. Year E
                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. Author A
                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. Print F
                                                                         – A. B. C. D. E. F. Publisher D
A. first
B. second
C. third
D. fourth
E. fifth
F. sixth


Question 19

Look at the following sample components of a Works Cited entry, which come from a work in an anthology.  In what order should these components be placed?

Print.                                                                                                                     J
“To Helen”                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
New York                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
698                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
An Introduction to Literature                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
Poe, Edgar Allan.                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
Eds. Sylvan Barnet, William Burto, and William E. Cain.                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
2008                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
Pearson Longman                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
15th ed.                                                                                                                      – A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
A. 1st
B. 2nd
C. 3rd
D. 4th
E. 5th
F. 6th
G. 7th
H. 8th
I. 9th
J. 10th



Question 20

The line “Somebody–wrung–its neck” is significant in “Trifles” because

A. It gives a motive for the murder.
B. It refers to the bird.
C. It is the one clue the Sheriff uncovers.
D. Both A and B
E. Both B and C

Question 21

In A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha is a very religious woman.