Quiz: The Birthday Party
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1. Name the official biographer and the biography of Harold Pinter which is the source of all we know about Pinter's life and its connection with his literary oeuvre.
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2. "Meg, all memory gone, Lulu's lovenight spent, Petey impotent; . . . . And Stanley's final eyes Broken by McCann." These lines are taken from _____________
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3. Apart from being categorised as 'The Theater of the Absurd', the play 'The Birthday Party' falls under the category of ____________
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4. Comedy of menace is the body of plays written by David Campton, Nigel Dennis, N. F. Simpson, and Harold Pinter. The term was coined by drama critic _____________, who borrowed it from the subtitle of Campton's play The Lunatic View: A Comedy of Menace, in reviewing Pinter's and Campton's plays in Encore in 1958.
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5. By which of the following line/s Harold Pinter lived throughout his life. This line is spoken by _____ in the play "The Birthday Party'.
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6. Match with appropriate . . . When we give political interpretation to the play in context of Pinter's Nobel speech in 2005 . . .
USA
UK
Communist / Socialist Nations
Rest of the nations
The idea / concept of welfare state on the grounds of socialistic / communist / Marxist / Leninist economics
Stanley Webber
Nat Goldberg
Dermont McCann
Meg and Petey Boles
Lulu
6-a. Match with appropriate . . . When we give interpretation to the play in context of Govt organisations and an individual who knows the secret or rebels . . .
Rebel / the one who knows the secret and may reveal to the people (eg. Julian Assange, Edward Snowden)
Sr. Officers - Govt Org like FBI, CBI, IT, Police
Jr. Officers - Govt Org like FBI, CBI, IT, Police
Mango-men - aam aadmi - People - citizens
The idea / concept of 'freedom' / 'privacy' / etc
Stanley Webber
Nat Goldberg
Dermont McCann
Meg and Petey Boles
Lulu
7. Match with appropriate . . .
The conformist custodians of culture / tradition in society
Free Thinking Artist
People who impotently observe the burning of books, murders of free thinkers
Inspiration for an Artist
Stanley Webber
Nat Goldberg and Demont McCann
Meg and Petey Boles
Lulu
8. Match the appropriate in context of these lines from the poem: Meg, all memory gone, Lulu's lovenight spent, Petey impotent, And Stanley's final eyes Broken by McCann.
Short-term memory loss of society
Indifference of society towards fellow citizens
Frustration of blind revolutionaries
Fundamentalists violence against artist / free thinkers
An artist whose freedom of expression is curtailed
Meg, all memory gone
Lulu's lovenight spent
Petey impotent
Stanley's final eyes 
Broken by McCann
9. Match the symbols with appropriate . . .
Symbol of an instrument of an artist - the voice of truth turns trivia
Vision of an individual - creative capacity
symbolizes facts which seems to be trivia - and - to hide self from facing reality
symbolizes the connection of the room with the world and also isolates room from the world
it helps in generating effect of menace - the fright of an unknown
Door
Knocking
Newspaper
Spectacles / Glasses
Toy Drum
10. Which of the following/s seem/s to be historical background of the play?
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11. Which of the following characters symbolizes impressive political speeches of the leader/s which blind-folds (keep thought at bay) innocent people, thus resulting in fall of a Nation?
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12. Pinter's drama was first perceived as a variation of absurd theatre, but has later more aptly been characterised as 'comedy of menace', a genre where the writer allows us to eavesdrop on the play of domination and submission hidden in the most mundane of conversations.
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13. Which of the following describes specific characteristics of Pinter's plays?
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14. There are two silences in Pinter's plays. Which are they?
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15. Pinter makes use of 'reverse dramatic irony' where in the characters have secrets we/audience/reader never discover
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16. I came across a letter I wrote to Peter Wood, the director of The Birthday Party. It's absolutely relevant. It was before we had gone into rehearsal and he had asked me to clarify, to put a final message into the play so that everyone would know what it was about. This letter was a letter of refusal to do such things. Between you and me, the play showed how the bastards ... how religious forces ruin our lives. But who's going to say that in the play? . . . .(He gave one line to a character in the play for which he said) . . . . I've lived that line all my damn life. Never more than now. (Mel Gussow, Conversations with Pinter - 1995)
Which of the following lines is that line and who is the speaker.
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17. Which of the following themes are presented in The Birthday Party'?
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18. Who wrote the comparative review of the play and the film?
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19. In comparative analysis of the play and the film, it is said that 'all that the film gives is the texture of the play'. What comprises of the texture of the play?
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20. Pinter's shift from an emphasis on people in the play to an emphasis on things in the film is significant as through this change he tries to make powerful statement. Which of the following statement/s refer/s to it?
(From the article on film and play comparison)
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