Seminar in Modern American Drama

David McTier, U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Babeș-Bolyai University

Final Retake

The final retake is the same as the initial final; however, I would like to clarify some expectations. You might consider these as “tips”:

  1. You may start each answer with a generalization, but be sure to go further. Substantiate your generalizations with specifics. Prove that you understand the question and have read the plays by providing specific examples, moments, and details from the plays.
  2. What you write should be your own words reflecting your own ideas. This is not a research paper; you don’t need to include quotes from secondary resources, footnotes, or a bibliography. Refer back to my lecture notes rather than resorting to Wikipedia or other easy online resources.
  3. Consider your word count. Each answer should be 150-200 words.

The Exam

During this term, you have been asked to read:

  • Class #2: Four Saints and/or Stage Directions
  • Class #3: Act I of The Laramie Project
  • Class #4: Act I of Angels in America
  • Class #5: Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread

Based on your reading and our discussions in class, please answer three (3) of the following questions. (This means you can eliminate one of these questions.) Each answer should be one-paragraph of appr. 150-200 words. You’ll end up with three (3) paragraphs and appr. 450-600 total words.

  1. Aristotle’s Six Elements
    Which one of these plays best follows Aristotle’s six elements? Explain your choice and reasoning.
  2. Form Vs. Content
    Which one of these plays focuses the most on form rather than on content? Explain your choice and reasoning.
  3. Aristotle and Catharsis
    Which one of these plays best affords a catharsis for its audience (or readers)? Explain your choice and reasoning.
  4. McTier’s Four Levels of Appeal
    Which one of these plays is most likely to appeal to (or offend) its Romanian audience (or readers)? Explain your choice and reasoning.

Please email your final to as either an attachment (.doc or .pdf) or as a text message no later than Friday, June 16, at 12:00 noon.