Other Questions for Script Analysis (Mostly Hamlet, Chapter 1, and Chapter 6)

What other play did Beth Henley write? Crimes of the Heart
What genre is Miss Firecracker Contest? Southern Gothic
What is Southern Gothic? Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature that takes place in the American South.Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo, ambivalent gender roles, decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or stemming from poverty, alienation, crime, or violence.
What elements of Miss Firecracker Contest fit it into this genre? Popeye’s eye incident, monkey gland, blood clots/tuberculosis, frogs dressed in outfits, syphilis, deformed kittens in attics, picking dead dogs off the street, ringworms on Carnelle’s scalp, yellow teeth
What’s another play that Larry Shue wrote? The Nerd
Who wrote Hamlet? William Shakespeare
Who is the king of Denmark during the play? Claudius (Young Hamlet’s Uncle)
What does Laertes request of King Claudius in Act I? He requests to go back to France. Prior to King Hamlet’s death and Claudius’ coronation, Laertes was attending school in France.
What does Hamlet do when he sees the ghost? Hamlet follows the ghost of his father, even though Horatio and Marcellus try to hold him back. “It’s my fate calling me. Every nerve in my body is now as tough as steel. The ghost is still waving me over. Let me go, gentlemen. (he draws his sword)I swear, if anyone holds me back, I’ll make a ghost of him! I say, get away!—Go ahead, I’ll follow you.”
How does King Hamlet’s ghost say that he died? Claudius put poison in King Hamlet’s ear, but everyone thought that King Hamlet died from a snake bite.
What does the “flourish of trumpets and two pieces of ordnance” mean in Act I? The king is staying up all night drinking and dancing. As he guzzles down his German wine, the musicians make a ruckus to celebrate his draining another cup.
What is the full title of Hamlet? “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”
What do Polonius and Laertes warn Ophelia about in Act I? That she should be careful to preserve her virtue in her dealings with Hamlet and should not believe all that he tells her.
There is no Act Two quiz for Hamlet because Gawinski was sick that day There is no Act Two quiz for Hamlet because Gawinski was sick that day
What is Polonius employing Reynaldo to do in Act II, Scene I? Spy on his son, Laertes
How does Ophelia come to believe that Hamlet is mad (Act Two, Scene One)? He enters her room as she is sewing; his clothes are dishevelled, and his look is piteous.
What does Polonius believe is the cause of “Hamlet’s lunacy” Unrequited love of Ophelia
What message is delivered to Claudius regarding Fortinbras’s advances? His uncle has redirected him to Poland and asks for safe passage through Denmark
What famous six-word phrase does Hamlet say in Act 3 “To be or not to be”
Which country was Hamlet sent to? England
When Claudius asks the name of the play, Hamlet responds that it’s named “The __________” Mousetrap. The actual name is The Murder of Gonzago.
Hamlet asks which character to spy on Claudius’ reactions during The Murder of Gonzago? Horatio. If the play does not reveal Claudius as the killer, Hamlet promises Horatio that he will admit to having seen a “damnèd ghost” rather than the honest spirit of his late father. Horatio, assures his Prince that he will follow Hamlet’s instructions to the letter.After the play, Hamlet and Horatio agree that the king’s behavior was telling.
How does Claudius respond to the murder scene in the play? Claudius rises and calls for lights to be lit. Polonius repeats the order for the lights and stops the play. The King and his court exit.
Why does Hamlet hesitate to kill Claudius while he’s praying in Act 3? If he kills Claudius while he is praying, he will end the king’s life at the moment when he was seeking forgiveness for his sins, sending Claudius’s soul to heaven.
Hamlet went to school in __________ Wittenberg, Germany.
Who does Prince Hamlet accidentally kill in Act 3? Polonius
How does Hamlet know Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? They are childhood friends. (Not college/school friends)
What 1966 tragicomedy is about two minor characters in Hamlet? “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”
What did Hamlet say when he heard a noise behind the tapestry? “A rat! A rat!”
Who did Hamlet think was hiding behind the tapestry when he stabbed it? Which room did this take place? Claudius; Gertrude’s bedroom
In Act 4, who asks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find Hamlet? Claudius “Friends both, go join you with some further aid.Hamlet in madness hath Polonius slain,And from his mother’s closet hath he dragged him.Go seek him out, speak fair, and bring the bodyInto the chapel. I pray you, haste in this.”
In Act 4, what did Hamlet hide? Polonius’ body
Hamlet says that Polonius is where? First, he tells Claudius that Polonius is at supper – being eaten by worms. Then he says that Polonius is in Heaven.
In the middle of Act 4, what orders did Claudius give to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?What orders did he give to the English king? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are told to follow Hamlet to England. Claudius asks for Hamlet to be killed. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern don’t know that.
What does Hamlet see in Act 4 that causes him to have a revelation? He sees Fortinbras and his troops from Norway, heading to Poland. If all those soldiers are willing to kill and die for practically nothing, then Hamlet should be able to act out his revenge for the sake of his honor. Any thought that Hamlet has that isn’t violent is useless.
What happens to Laertes in Act 4? He sees Ophelia and thus learns of her madnessHe learns of his father’s death He decides to descend to trickery and poison to kill Hamlet during a fight
Who does Claudius ask to challenge Hamlet to a duel? Laertes, the son of Polonius
What happens at the very beginning of Act V The gravediggers (clowns) engage in a humorous discussion of the propriety of burying a suicide in consecrated ground
In Act 5, what are “the gravedigger” and the “other” concerned about in regards to the corpse’s Christian burial? What are the “three branches” of an act? They are concerned whether or not Ophelia committed an act of suicide or if it was an accidental drowning. An act has three parts – to act, to do, to perform
How does Claudius plan for Hamlet to die in Act 5? Laertes would hit Hamlet with the poisoned sword. Claudius also had a poisoned pearl in wine as a backup plan.
What sport is played in Act 5 of Hamlet? Fencing
Who drinks from the poisoned cup? Gertrude drinks from the poisoned cup first, even though Claudius told her not do.
What unexpected event occurs during the fencing match? Laertes and Hamlet switch swords. Hamlet had stabbed Laertes with the sword, not knowing it was poisoned. As a result, Laertes tells Hamlet about Claudius’ scheme as he’s dying.
How does Claudius die? Hamlet runs Claudius through with the poisoned sword AND forces Claudius to drink the poisoned wine.
Who is the new King of Denmark? Fortinbras
Who says, “”Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”? Horatio
Who has the last word in HAMLET? Fortinbras (Go bid the soldiers shoot.)
When attending a production you’re going to write about, it is a good idea to do the following: 1. Take notes during the show, at intermission, or as soon after seeing the show as possible. 2. Save the theatre program3. Note your opinions and first impressions
What does the review offer the reader? A recommendation
What’s the main distinctive feature of a review? Its DESCRIPTIVE QUALITY
An evaluation of the play is a(n) ________ review
A description of the play is a(n) _________ analysis
Most writing about theater is a mixture of both review and critical analysis. It’s partly _________ and partly __________ evaluative (the essence of the review)descriptive (the essence of an analysis). (page 5)
To transform opinion into argument, the writers needs the following three things 1. evidence (citing specific lines, scenes, details, etc.)2. logic (linking evidence to conclusions)3. rhetoric (using language that is clear and convincing).
The three basic components of theatre are: The actor. The space. The audience.
What are essential facts shaping the character or scene (such as geographic location, date, economic environment, religious environment, political environment, social environment) Given circumstances
The term for “to break something down” is what? Analysis/to analyze
To break the play, scene, or character down into component parts that will facilitate the acting or directing of it is known as _________ script analysis
A script is considered the ________ version of a play working
The analysis reveals the “spine” of the scene or character, that is, its essential _________. shape
______________ principles provide the concepts and vocabulaty for the character/scene anlysis Stanislavski’s
Stanislavski claimed that the potential for “___________” or authentic emotion in the actor and developed a set of theories and exercises designed to help the actor access such belief and emotion at will. internal belief
In script analysis, the script is broken down into smaller versions to construct a logical interpretation. In scene analysis, a scene is broken down into _______. beats
When a scene is examined by one character’s POV it is known as _______ character analysis
What a character wants or needs most – doing of something to someone or something else Objective
Anything that blocks or prevents an action from achieving an objective. It can also be physical, emotional, or psychological. Obstacle
A specific strategy by which the character intends to achieve the objective. Action
The word “action” should not be confused with _______. Actions can be emotional, psychological, or physical Activity
When obstacle is encountered, a __________ may be undertaken to continue to pursue the objective new action
“No matter what language is used to describe it, the challenge is the same: living __________ in the imaginary moment to create a believable character.” truthfully
The Stanislavskian elements are the _________ of the character/scene analysis. primary elements
The moments between beats, linking one unit to the next. Occurs when actor’s relationship to the action or objective changes. Transitions
This occurs at the moment of greatest tension. Emotions are highest and the actor’s intensity is peaking. It marks a change: up until this time, the scene had been heading in one direction, and after it, a fresh direction is taken. The climax/turning point
The two basic approaches to writing an analytical essay about theatre: – FORM AND CONTENT- THEATRE HISTORY/DRAMATURGY
This category refers to the play’s shape and structure form (page 83)
This category refers specifically to the themes, images, symbols, events, and characters that appear (and do not appear) within the play and to the methods with which they are realized content (pg 84)
Theatre history focus on three types of contexts: biographical, social, and artistic content
The actual documents or performances being address are called _________ sources primary
________ sources are critical or historical documents or other media already written about primary materials secondary

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