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Mears English Exam Study Guide- Drama

Drama Introduction Notes and The Dancers. don't forget the PARTS OF THE STAGE (down-left, up-center etc.) enjoy.
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drama
literature enacted in front of an audience by people who play the parts of characters
long before recorded history
drama has been a part of human culture since.......
ancient Greece
first literary dramas were created where?
ritual sacrifices
what was the purpose of the first dramas?
5th century b.c.
Greek playwright Aeschylus added a second actor and drama as we know it was born when?
arena
stage in classical times, dramas were performed in open-air amphitheatres
pagents
stage in medieval times, dramas were performed on flat-bed wagons that could be drawn from town to town
thrust
stage in Elizabethan England, a platform that jutted into an area open to the sky was created
proscenium
stage in the 19th and 20th cent., the "picture stage" became common/ box-like area with 3 walls and a removed "4th wall" through which the audience views the action
comedy
any work with a happy ending/ DOES NOT have to be "funny"
tragedy
originally any story that told of the fall of a person OF HIGH STATUS/ in recent years it has come to mean any play about the downfall of a central character or protagonist
playwright
author of a play/ workman like a carpenter who shapes a play
script
the written form of a play that contains dialogue, stage directions, and divisions (acts, scenes)
dialogue
the speech of actors in a play
soliloquies
speeches given by an actor who is alone on stage
monologue
long speech given by an actor
aside
comment made to the audience but not heard by other actors on stage
acts
major divisions of a drama (ancient rome and elizabethan england had 5 but some modern plays have 1 or 3)
scenes
minor divisions of a drama, usuallyh beginning with the entrance of one or more character
stage directions
notes provided by the playwright to describe how something should be presented or performed on stage
spectacle
all the elements of the drama presented to the senses of the audience
lighting
helps convey the time of day, place, or mood for a scene
costumes and makeup
help actors achieve appearance of a character
set
everything placed on stage to give the audience the impression of a particular setting or time and place
properties
items that can be carried on and off the stage by actors or manupulated by actors during a scene
sound effects
sounds introduced to create mood or to indicate the prescence of something
blocking
act of determining where actors will stand and move on stage
she is determined that horace will have a social life
why does inez arrange for Horace to go to the dance with Emily?
sensitive and considerate
what kind of person is Horace?
they describe how elements in the play should look, sound, and be performed
stage directions help you picture the action of a play becuase....
emily refuses to go with horace to the dance
what happens when horace goes to pick up emily for the dance?
inconsiderate and pushy
what kind of person is inez?
they both meddle in other people's business
in what way are inez stanley and elizabeth crews alike?
he stands up to inez by refusing to break his date with mary catherine
which action best describes horace's growing confidence?
emily's mother, who does not like emily's boyfriend leo, made the arrangements without consulting emily
why doesn't emily want to go to the dance with horace?
it is the natural meeting place where dialogue between characters occurs
why are a number of the scenes staged in the drugstore?
it highlights the location of the action
what major purpose does lighting have in this play?
to enable the action of the play to flow continuously from one area to another
what was the playwright's puurpose in dividing the stage into four acting areas?
they are considerate and encouraging toward each other
why are horace and mary catherine well suited for each other?