Tipo di esercizi
Scelta multipla,
Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
George Bernard Shaw
INFO

Lingua inglese

George Bernard Shaw: life
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Shaw was born in ________ in 1856.
2. He was the youngest child of a failed corn-merchant and a professional ________.
3. His education was more ________ than literary.
4. He moved to London at the age of 20, where he became a music and art ________.
5. He was an active member of the Fabian Society, engaging in debates and lectures on ________ questions.
6. At first, Shaw's comedies gained more success ________ England.
7. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, that is, ________ years before his death.
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Mrs Warren's Profession: 'Mother and daughter'
The following features refer either to Kitty or to Vivie Warren. Choose the correct alternative.
A: At a certain point her self-possession begins to break down.
B: She speaks to the other woman in her natural dialect, with heartfelt inspiration and scorn.
C: She feels outraged at the other woman's presumptuous attitude towards her.
D: She accuses the other woman of being a 'stuck-up prude'.
E: At the end of their exchange she gazes at the other woman 'fascinated'.
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George Bernard Shaw: works
Read the descriptions of Shaw's works and write their titles.

1. This play revolves around the social hierarchy in Victorian Britain: ________
2. These books include ideological attacks on capitalism and an exploration of social problems: ________
3. In this play Shaw expresses his theory of 'Life Force': ________
4. This play focuses on the dishonesty of people who benefited from prostitution: ________
5. This play is a parody of military heroism: ________
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George Bernard Shaw: aim
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Shaw considered himself a realist with a mission.
B: He thought that his vocation was that of a prophet.
C: He was an enemy of entertainment and hated success.
D: He described himself as a Puritan reformer who criticised Victorian institutions through drama.
E: He was a champion of sentimentalism and idealism.
F: He suggested replacing Shakespeare by Ibsen, because Ibsen had presented real life on the stage.
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George Bernard Shaw: style
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Shaw was very attentive to the ________ side of his plays, because his writing came after his long experience as a platform speaker.
2. He carefully ________ the facts and argument presented, with an effect of ________ and simplicity.
3. He narrated the events in a jolly tone, through the use of paradox, the inversion of traditional values and exaggeration in order to break with the ________ speech of the time.
4. He used a ________ style to write his stage directions, which are very detailed, because he believed that his plays were more ________ than watched.
5. He created an alphabet known as the ________ alphabet in order to simplify conventional spelling.
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George Bernard Shaw: the plays of ideas
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

In his 'drama of discussion or ideas' Shaw
A: refused the spirit of the English comedy.
B: combined contemporary moral problems with an ironic tone.
C: identified his characters with particular ideas.
D: gave his characters the warmth of human beings.
E: paid more attention to the characters' feelings than to their dialogues.
F: showed an interest in the consequences of capitalism, militarism and women's equality.
G: never tackled the theme of religion.
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Mrs Warren's Profession: plot and setting
Read the text below and find the six mistakes in it.

Vivie Warren is a 22-year-old Cambridge professor who lives in a country cottage in Surrey. She is visited by her mother, Kitty, who arrives with two relatives, Sir George Crofts and Mr Praed. Slowly the mystery around Vivie is revealed: she is not a 'respectable' woman and even the existence of Vivie's father is in doubt. Moreover, Kitty objects to the future marriage of her daughter with Frank Gardener, because she realises that the young man has no money. In the second act Vivie asks her mother about her future and discovers that she became a prostitute because that trade offered better conditions to the middle-class girl she was at the time. When Vivie learns that her mother still manages a chain of hotels, she decides to move to the city to work and gain independence from her.
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Mrs Warren's Profession: the character of Kitty Warren
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Mrs Kitty Warren
A: was born in poverty.
B: has received an excellent education.
C: needs money to gain independence.
D: is an emancipated woman.
E: is separated both from her family and from Victorian society.
F: is a respectable and decent woman.
G: decided to become a prostitute not for moral weakness but for economic necessity.
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Mrs Warren's Profession: themes
Complete the text with the correct information.

The play was written in ________, but was banned for many years. During the first performance in ________ in 1902 the public was startled by its content. Mrs Warren's Profession was judged immoral, because it stated that ________ was forced on women by society, so it was not an act of corruption on the woman's part. Today the play is praised for exposing the corruption at the core of ________ society. The play is an attack on the 19th-century issue of ________ morality in marriage.
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Mrs Warren's Profession: themes
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Through his characters Shaw maintains that a society where prostitution is better rewarded than honest work is not a good one.
B: Everybody agrees that Shaw made prostitution seem too attractive in order to condemn society.
C: The playwright aims at causing his middle-class audience to rethink about the conditions of women's employment.
D: Vivie's relationship with her mother reflects the relation between the individual and society at large.
E: Vivie realises what kind of woman her mother is, but she still does not understand the society she lives in.
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