Lillian Hellman: Biography, Plays & Books


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Social realism is a style most closely associated with which of these playwrights?

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1. Lillian Hellman was involved in a 30-year romantic relationship with which famous mystery writer?

2. Which of the following plays by Lillian Hellman was one of the first American dramas to deal explicitly with homosexuality.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The multiple-choice questions in this quiz and corresponding worksheet are designed to help you self-assess your knowledge of various facts about playwright Lillian Hellman, including the plays she wrote, her political associations and with whom she had a long-term relationship.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will ask you to identify information about Lillian Hellman, including:

  • Which playwright is closely associated with the style of social realism
  • The person with whom Hellman was romantically involved
  • What specific play of hers centers around homosexuality
  • Who originally performed in the stage production of The Little Foxes
  • The reason she was blacklisted

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the style of Hellman's plays and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a well-known actress who portrayed a character in Hellman's plays
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Hellman's personal life, including her relationships and political affiliations

Additional Learning

Find out more interesting facts about Lillian Hellman in the accompanying lesson titled Lillian Hellman: Biography, Plays & Books. In this lesson, you'll learn more about:

  • Hellman's portrayal of marginalized characters
  • Where she was born and attended university
  • The screenplays she adapted for some of her plays