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John Osborne: life and works
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: John Osborne was born in Dublin in 1929.
B: He came from an aristocratic Scottish family.
C: He studied in London and at a boarding school in Devonshire.
D: In London he became interested in acting and writing plays.
E: He also worked as film director.
F: He died as a result of complications from diabetes in 1994.
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Look Back in Anger: Jimmy's anger
Tick the words or phrases related to Jimmy's personality as it emerges from the text 'Jimmy's Anger' in your book.
A: Impatient.
B: Pleasant.
C: Restless.
D: Optimistic.
E: Uncommitted.
F: Domineering.
G: Irritating.
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John Osborne: Look Back in Anger
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Look Back in Anger was accepted at the Royal Court Theatre in ________ in 1956.
2. It was a play about rebellion against ________ mores.
3. It was considered a ________ in the British theatre.
4. It turned Osborne into one of the spokesmen of the 'Angry ________ Men'.
5. It captured the feeling of dispossession and frustration of the ________ years through its main character.
6. It was transposed into a film by Tony Richardson in ________.
7. In 1957 it had ________ success in New York, Paris, Turin, Berlin and Moscow.
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John Osborne: works
Match Osborne's works with their correct description.

1. With this screenplay he won an Academy Award: ________
2. This play resumes Osborne's attack on contemporary values: ________
3. This play features the same characters as Look Back in Anger: ________
4. This work depicts Britain's past imperial glories: ________
5. This is a historical play whose central figure is that of a true rebel: ________
6. This work is about Britain's decline and nostalgia for its glorious past: ________
7. This is Osborne's autobiography: ________
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Look Back in Anger: plot and setting
Complete the text with the correct information.

1. The play is divided into ________ acts.
2. It takes place in a typical ________-class family environment.
3. The main characters live in a shabby, gloomy attic flat in the ________.
4. The protagonist, Jimmy ________, represents the frustrated British youth of the 1950s.
5. He is a disillusioned university graduate who makes a living by running a stall in a market with his uneducated friend, ________.
6. Alison, Jimmy's wife, is the daughter of a retired colonel in the British army in ________.
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Look Back in Anger: plot
When did the following events occur? Choose the correct alternative.
A: Alison is pregnant but unable to tell Jimmy, fearing his rage.
B: Alison returns home after the loss of the baby by miscarriage.
C: Alison decides to leave Jim, influenced by her old friend Helena, an actress.
D: Jimmy is ready to play with Alison in a fantasy world of teddy bears and squirrels.
E: The reality of this act is the same as that of the last act.
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Look Back in Anger: characters
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Jimmy is the embodiment of the protester without a clear, definite cause to fight for.
B: He is sexually immature, impatient and vulgar.
C: Alison stands for the upper middle class.
D: She has a simple personality, as it is clear from the beginning of the play.
E: She did not have the courage to leave her family.
F: Cliff is uneducated and comes from the working class.
G: Helena is honest and straightforward, but at the end of the play she betrays Jimmy.
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Look Back in Anger: the main character
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Jimmy Porter
A: harbours a great deal of anger, which dates back to his father's premature death.
B: imposes on himself a middle-class attitude.
C: is angry at his wife's not being angry.
D: rejects a society which leaves no room for young people.
E: is an outsider rebelling against the establishment.
F: is fearful and insincere.
G: embodies the figure of the hero, who speaks and acts accordingly.
H: suffers from a persecution complex.
I: hates his wife with all his heart.
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Look Back in Anger: themes
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The main theme of the play is a critique of ________ values.
2. This critique is carried out through the disordered ________ of the youngsters of the 1950s.
3. Young people were bored with social ________.
4. They were against the ________ of class privileges.
5. They were dissatisfied with the British economic and intellectual ________ of the time.
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Look Back in Anger: structure and style
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

The play has a linear structure, like Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Here the three acts start and finish in the same place, that is, Cliff's flat. The characters do the same things in the first and the last acts: while Jimmy is engaged in a discussion with Cliff about the Monday papers, Alison and her friend Helena perform the same actions and are dressed in the same way. The play has a conventional structure, which revolves around the innovative triangle theme. Its most remarkable feature, which shocked the audience of the time, is its spontaneous and vital language, no longer influenced by middle-class conventional diction. Jimmy's colloquialisms could be understood by nobody, which made this play so widely successful.
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