History of English Drama

History of English Drama

History of English Drama – Know more about it

Drama:

1) Drama is a composition in verse or prose to be acted on the stage, in which a story is related by means of dialogue and action and is represented with, accompanying gesture, costume and scenery as in real life.

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2) Drama is a composition designed for performance in the theatre in which actors take the roles of the characters, perform the indicated action and utter the written dialogue

The elements of drama are-

1. plot

2. characterization

3. dialogue

4. settings

5. stage directions

6. conflict

7. theme

Activities based on History of English Drama

Q.5.

A) Objective test        4 Marks
A1. (MCQ, Fill in the blanks, True or False)(2)
A2. (Match the columns, Elements of Drama, Chronological order)  (2)                        

Model Activities:

Objective Test No. 1

i) —————- is a composition in verse or prose to be acted on the stage.

a) Drama   b) Novel     c) Short story      d) Poetry

Answer-

a) Drama

ii) The play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ belongs to ———–

a) Medieval period

b) Renaissance period

c) Restoration period

d) Victorian Period

Answer-

a) Medieval period

iii) Drama has its origins in ———- theatre.

a) historical        

b) folk        

c) modern

d) ancient

Answer-

b) folk

iv) Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, G. B. Shaw. Here the dramatist who is odd is————

a) Thomas Kyd

b) Christopher Marlowe

c) William Shakespeare

d) G. B. Shaw

Answer-

d) G. B. Shaw

v) The public theatre of the 16th century has not the following one feature.

a) Open to sky

b) No artificial lighting

c) Curtain

d) Raised platform as a stage

Answer-

c) Curtain

vi) Shakespearean era came into existence in the 16th century to the public theatre.

a) 14th

b) 15th

c) 16th

d) 17th

Answer-

c) 16th

vii) ————— is the contemporary to William Shakespeare.

a) Ben Johnson

b) Oliver Goldsmith

c) Richard Sheridan

d) Oscar Wilde

Answer-

a) Ben Johnson

viii) Ibsen is the great Norwegian dramatist of the ———– century.

a) 16th

c) 17th

d) 18th

e) 19th

Answer-

e) 19th

ix) The writer of The Doll’s house, Ghosts and An Enemy of the People is———–

a) Oscar Wild

b) G. B. Shaw

c) Ibsen

d) William Shakespeare

Answer-

c) Ibsen

x) Choose the correct chronological order.

a) Modern Period

b) Restoration Period

c) Medieval Period

d) Victorian Period

Answer-

c) Medieval Period

b) Restoration Period

d) Victorian Period

a) Modern Period

xi) Earliest seeds of modern Indian Drama can be found in the ———– Drama.

a) English

b) Sanskrit

c) Farsi

d) French

Answer-

b) Sanskrit

xii) A Treatise on Theatre (Natya Shastra) is written by———–

a) Patanjali

b) Samuel Beckett

c) Bharat Muni

d) Harold Pinter

Answer-

c) Bharat Muni

xiii) Find the odd element

a) settings

b) stage directions

c) conflict

d) acting

Answer-

d) acting

xiv) The series of events occurring in a play is ————

a) characterization

b) theme

c) stage directions

d) plot

Answer-

d) plot

xv) Find odd element

a) Thomas Kyd

b) Christopher Marlowe

c) William Shakespeare

d) T.S Eliot

Answer-

d) T.S Eliot


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Objective Test No. 2

1) Name any four periods of History of British Drama.

Answer:- 

The four periods of History of British Drama are:

i) Medieval period

ii) Renaissance period

iii) Restoration period

iv) Victorian period

2) List the four elements of drama.

Answer:- 

The four elements of drama are plot, characters, theme and stage directions. 

3) Give any two examples of dramas each from any four periods of history.

Answer:-

i) Medieval period         

:- Robin Hood, Everyman

ii) Renaissance period          

:- Romeo and Juliet, Duchess of Malfi

iii) Restoration period  

:- All for Love, The Way of the World

iv) Victorian period       

:- The Importance of Being Earnest, A Doll’s House

4) Give any two features of ‘Comedy’.

Answer-

i) A comedy deals with humorous story with a happy ending.

ii) A comedy creates laughter and fun.

iii) A comedy depends mostly on unusual circumstances and witty dialogues.

iv) A Comedy uses humorous dialogues and situations to give relief.

5) Give any two features of ‘Tragedy’.

Answer-

i) The tragedy deals with a serious or darker themes with sad ending.

ii) A tragedy creates emotions of pity and fear.

iii) In tragedy the main character mostly has a moral flaw that causes the tragic end.

iv) A tragedy evokes pity for the characters and teach moral lesson.


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