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Ch 7: SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays & Playwrights

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Learn about prominent plays and playwrights in preparation for the SAT literature subject test. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can help you analyze these important plays through their clear and engaging format.

SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays and Playwrights - Chapter Summary

Receive overviews of major American, English and Irish playwrights and their plays. The lessons cover all the information you will need to successfully take the SAT literature subject test. The chapter's lessons cover the following playwrights:

  • Ben Jonson
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Arthur Miller
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Samuel Beckett

Lessons in this chapter examine the biographies of these playwrights, as well as the themes and styles of their key plays. The lessons end with practice problems and self-assessment quizzes, as well as transcripts. The concise, easy-to-understand video lessons can ready you for the actual SAT subject test.

SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays and Playwrights Objectives

The SAT literature subject test is a college-entry exam that tests your ability to read and interpret passages from a variety of literary texts, including plays. Up to 10% of the questions on the test are focused on dramatic works. Lessons come with the following objectives:

  • Understanding the backgrounds of important playwrights
  • Listing the important plays that each playwright has produced
  • Analyzing the style, themes and character development of key plays

The SAT literature subject test is composed of about 60 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of one hour. You may earn 200-800 points on the test, depending on how well you do. The exam includes 6-8 sets of questions, with each set based on a particular literary passage.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: SAT Subject Test Literature: Prominent Plays & Playwrights
Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

1. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

2. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Waiting for Godot:  Plot, Characters, and Style

3. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style

In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

4. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

5. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

6. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

7. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

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