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Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Ambiguity
  Your Response and Mine
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Fundamental Questions about Literature
  Four Short Stories (Considerations)
  Genesis of the Short Story
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Bartleby - A Guided Reading
  Bartleby - Questions for Analysis
  A Few Notes on Herman Melville
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Five Writers Define the Short Story
  A Study Guide for the Fiction Exam
  Ars Poetica
  Poets Define the Art of Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  Supplemental Poems
  The Craft of Poetry - Imagery
  The Craft of Poetry - Sound
  The Forms of Poetry
  Revisiting Theme, Ambiguity, Irony, Symbol, and Parodox in Poetry
  Study Guide for the Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  Aristotle's Tragic Hero
  Stepping Through Oedipus the King
  The Relevance of Oedipus Today
  Oedipus the King -- Study Questions
  Ibsen's Theater / A Doll House
  A Study Guide for the Drama Exam
  Study Guide for the Final Exam

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~~ A Study Guide for the Drama Exam ~~

REQUIRED READING
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature

Oedipus the King: 981-1037
A Doll House: 1137-1196

RECOMMENDED READING:
Notes on this site. Specifically:

The Birth of Drama
Aristotle's Tragic Hero
Stepping Through Oedipus the King
The Relevance of Oedipus Today
Oedipus the King - Study Questions
Ibsen's Theater
A Doll House - Study Questions


Oedipus the King (981-1037)

  • Who was Sophocles? How many plays did he write, and how many have survived? In what ways did his work stand out and how was he innovative?
  • What were the theatrical conventions of Greek theater? Based on your reading of the play, which of these conventions are used in Oedipus the King?
  • How were ancient Greek plays structured? Define prologue, parados, episodia, stasimon, exodus.
  • What is literary tragedy (Michael Meyer's definition)? How did Aristotle define the tragic hero? What effect should tragedy have on its audience? What is catharsis?
  • What is dramatic irony and where is it present in Oedipus the King?

After studying the play, you should be prepared to answer questions about:

  • the names, identities, character traits of all the characters in the play (you should know who is who, to the extent that you can identify the character given an example of his/her/their speech)
  • details concerning what happens throughout the play and how certain scenes advance the plot or develop character

After studying the play, you should be prepared to answer questions which ask you to analyze or interpret:

  • the role of the chorus, how it responds to the action in the play, particularly on pp. 993, 1001-02, 1011-12, 1017-18, 1029.
  • the ways in which the play illustrates Aristotle's declarations about tragedy and tragic character

A Doll House (1137-1196)

  • What is realism? What is a "problem play"?
  • What are some of the theatrical conventions of modern drama?
  • Who is Henrik Ibsen and what is the "common denominator" in many of his dramas?

After studying the play, you should be prepared to answer questions about:

  • the names, identities, character traits of all the characters in the play (know who is who, to the extent that you can identify the character given an example of his or her speech)
  • details concerning what happens throughout the play and how certain scenes advance the plot or develop character

After studying the play, you should be prepared to answer questions which ask you to analyze:

  • Nora's character, particularly what her personality traits are and how she changes from the beginning of the play to the end
  • The roles Nora and Torvald play in their marriage
  • The way in which Krogstad and Kristine provide a contrast to Nora and Torvald
  • Nora's relationship with Dr. Rank

 

 

 

     

 


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