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Question: Whose play Look Back in Anger ushered in a new movement in British drama in the 1950s?
Answer: John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (performed 1956) ushered in a new movement in British drama and made him known as the first of the Angry Young Men.
Question: Who wrote The Way of the World, a play first performed in 1700?
Answer: William Congreve’s play The Way of the World (1700) is his masterpiece. It was also his last attempt to write a play.
Question: Who was baptized on April 26, 1564?
Answer: According to the parish register of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare was baptized there on April 26, 1564; his birthday is unknown, but it is traditionally celebrated on April 23.
Question: Who wrote the play Lady Windermere’s Fan?
Answer: Oscar Wilde wrote the play Lady Windermere’s Fan, first performed in 1892. It is a comic masterpiece.
Question: Who wrote the play Man and Superman?
Answer: George Bernard Shaw wrote the play Man and Superman, which was published in 1903. In it, Shaw expounded his philosophy that humanity is the latest stage in a purposeful and eternal evolutionary movement of the “life force” toward ever-higher life-forms.
Question: What were the mystery plays of Middle English drama based on?
Answer: Medieval mystery plays are long cyclic dramas of the creation, fall, and redemption of humankind, based mostly on biblical narratives. They usually include a selection of Old Testament episodes (such as the stories of Cain and Abel and of Abraham and Isaac) but concentrate mainly on the life and Passion of Jesus Christ.
Question: Which of these works did George Bernard Shaw write?
Answer: The canonization of Joan of Arc in 1920 spurred George Bernard Shaw to write the play Saint Joan (performed 1923), in which she is presented as a combination of practical mystic, heretical saint, and inspired genius.
Irish author Oscar Wilde, photograph (albumen silver print)by Napoleon Sarony, 1882.

English and Irish Playwrights (Part One) Quiz

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