Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
American literature after World War II
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Contemporary American literature: general features
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Contemporary American literature
A: was based on the objective analysis of reality.
B: showed a new interest in the exploration of the self.
C: was influenced by the Modernist interest in feelings.
D: developed in reaction to the youth rebellion of the 1950s.
E: took impetus from the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
F: was very traditional in style.
G: used poetry as the means to express anger and desperate revolt.
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Contemporary drama
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. A new vitality came from language ________ promoted by Off-Broadway theatres.
2. The ________ Theatre was founded in New York City in 1947.
3. Edward Albee was one of the prominent figures of ________ theatres.
4. When, in the 1960s, Off-Broadway theatres were commercialised, ________ emerged.
5. The new dramatists focused on social ________ and political issues like the Vietnam War.
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Beat poetry and Confessional poetry
The following features refer either to the Beat poets or to the Confessional poets. Choose the correct alternative.
A: The most notable representatives of this group were Robert Lowell, Jr. and Sylvia Plath.
B: They refused traditional forms, blurring the distinctions between poetry and prose.
C: The most remarkable representatives of this group were Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso.
D: Their main themes were suffering, madness and family relationships.
E: Their works can be read like confessions of private experiences and emotions.
F: Their poems employed a colloquial language and a narrative form.
G: They experimented with graphic visual layout.
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Fiction in the 1950s: Jerome David Salinger
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1. Jerome David Salinger is the author of The ________ in the Rye.
2. The novel was published in ________.
3. It can be considered a tragi-comic fictional ________.
4. It is about an innocent ________ in the corrupted world of grown-ups.
5. It has a conversational style and adopts the language of the American teenagers' ________.
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Fiction in the 1950s: Jack Kerouac and Ralph Ellison
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Jack Kerouac's masterpiece On the Road became a cult book of the 1950s. It presents a new version of the myth of the Eden. Kerouac's book is centered on rebellion, and adopts an organised structure and a spontaneous style. Another protagonist of the 1950s was Ralph Ellison, author of Ideal Man, which became a milestone in young literature. His anti-hero is a criminal and a rebel at the same time. The book gives an extraordinary portrait of American society in the central decade of the 20th century.
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Fiction in the 1960s and 1970s: main authors
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. Kurt Vonnegut, Harper Lee and Thomas ________ were among the most important novelists of the period.
2. They wrote complex novels which depict man's ________.
3. Another major author active in these decades was Isaac Bashevis ________.
4. He wrote about Jewish life in ________ and the USA.
5. His works were mostly translated from ________ into English.
6. The ________ author Philip Roth is considered one of the most remarkable novelists of the century.
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Fiction in the 1960s and 1970s: main features
Tick the main features of American fiction in this period.
A: Experimentation.
B: Realism.
C: Double meanings.
D: Science fiction.
E: Grotesque.
F: Simple language.
G: Nature.
H: Industrialisation.
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Fiction in the 1980s
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The minimalist movement has been influenced by artists like ________ and George Segal.
2. One of the essential traits of minimalism is its ________ and dry style.
3. Minimalist writers accumulate trivial ________ to convey disturbing meaning.
4. The main themes are the crisis of the family, ________, homosexuality and AIDS.
5. The leading figure of literary minimalism is ________.
6. The most promising figures are ________ and Jay McInerney.
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Afro-American novelists
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1. Afro-American fiction has been an important current in American literature since the Harlem Renaissance of the ________.
2. Among the many successful writers are Richard Wright, author of the novel Native Son, James ________ and Alex Haley.
3. There are also some important Afro-American women writers like Alice ________ and Toni Morrison.
4. They combine feminist, ________ and psychological issues.
5. Their works give new resonance to the literary voices of women and ________ groups.
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Contemporary drama
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Contemporary American drama employed conventional formal speech.
B: It featured a close interplay between stage and film techniques.
C: In this period many world-famous operas were produced, such as My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Hair.
D: The most important dramatists were Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
E: The centre of American theatre was Broadway in New Jersey.
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