vENGL 1013 Drama Test Take-Home Name:_Cori Jacobs _______________________________________ Directions : Each of the following questions is worth 5 points. Answer them specifically and thoroughly. You may use your books and your notes when answering the questions, but NOT any internet sources or any other outside sources. In addition, you may NOT talk about the test or possible responses with any student or anyone else whether in your class or not. When you complete the test, sign the pledge Include the test page, with your pledge signed, with it. (1) What does drama, as a genre, contribute to literature? How does it differ from other genre? Drama is similar to novels and short stories because it uses the seven elements of fiction. What makes it different is a drama is performed on stage by people acting as the characters and the story is brought to life. Literature; poetry, novels, and short stories, are all read where drama is watched and can be seen. When you read a story you can build the setting as describes in your head, build the way the characters look in your head. With drama all that is done for you because you watch it. (2) For each of the plays that you have read, identify and explain at least one theme. (a) Death of a Salesman – The theme of this story is denial. Willy Loman is trying to accomplish the “American Dream” life. He does not realize that he does not need to be rich to be happy in life. He has a family and is paying his bills, but it’s not enough. He is also in denial that his son does not want the life he wants for him, but he keeps pushing it on him anyway. (b) Antigone - The theme in this story is determination, all the characters; Antigone, Creon, Polynieces, and Ismene are all stubborn and determined to do what they are going to do. All the characters strive to achieve their goals.
(3) Why, in your opinion, are these two dramas included in a textbook exemplifying good literature? What is there in them that is timeless in nature?