Drama GK Quiz – Questions about Artists and Dramatist
1. A modern dramatist said this in explanation of his craft: “Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It’s the aim of art to give it some”. Which dramatist?
Answer: Jean Anouilh.
2. The Seven Years War (1756-63) is the background of one of Bertolt Brecht’s plays. Which?
Answer: Mother Courage.
3. ‘It is a woman’s business to get married as soon as possible, and a man’s to keep unmarried as long as he can, Where is this said?
Answer: Bernard Shaw’s ‘Man and Superman’.
4. ‘The Admirable Crichton’ (1902) has been an ever-popular play on the stage. Who wrote it?
Answer: James Barrie.
5. Nicholas Udall (1505-56) is regarded as having written the first complete comedy in English. Which is it?
Answer: Ralph Roister Doister.
6. “Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a Kiss” whose supplication is this?
Answer: Dr. Faustus.
7. In which language did Henrik Ibsen originally write?
8. Pierre Augustine Beaumarchais wrote the brilliant comedy ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (1784), which was made into an opera, by:
9. Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’ was illustrated by a contemporary illustrator. Who?
Answer: Aubrey Beardsley.
10. This dramatist came into prominence with his play ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ (1966). Who is he?
Answer: Tom Stoppard.
11. Who wrote ‘A Taste of Honey’, hailed as a landmark in the school of ‘Kitchen Sink’ realism?
Answer: Shelagh Delaney.
12. Bertolt is chiefly known as a dramatist, but he also wrote a novel. Which is it?’
Answer: Three Penny Novel.
13. Arthur Miller wrote a screenplay especially for his wife, Marilyn Monroe. Which is it?
Answer: The Misfits.
14. Harold Pinter an eminent dramatist has also written screenplays. Name one among them:
Answer: The French Lieutenant Woman.
15. ‘A Man for All Seasons’, a play on the life of Sir Thomas More, is his best-known work. Who is he?
Answer: John Osborne.
16. ‘The Rising of the Moon’ is one of the most well-known one-act plays to come cut of Ireland. Who wrote it?
Answer: Lady Gregory.
17. ‘A Game at Chess’ a comic drama, was written by:
Answer: Thomas Middleton.
18. Who said, “A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him of what he meant”?
Answer: Wilson Mizner.
19. This play when first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, so shocked the audience that there were a riot. Which is it?
Answer: The Playboy of the Western World by Synge.
20. Who is the character in a seventeenth-century drama who goes on dancing as she hears the news of three deaths, but finally drops dead?