Studies in Stagecraft: Question Set 2

by Lincoln Smith

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    00:00 Question one states in sentence 2, the author of the passage contrasts a happy ending with...

    00:06 a dice game, asking questions, photographs, or the logic of story.

    00:12 This is the foundations of comprehension question.

    00:14 And evaluating immediate sentence context will help us to save time from evaluating the big picture for this question.

    00:22 Sentence 2 states: "The question therefore arises whether the dramatist is not justified in cogging the dice of chance, and intervening arbitrarily to ensure a happy outcome.

    00:34 So that would align to a selection A... a dice game, but let's keep reading, "happy outcome to the action, even though that outcome violate the rigid logic of the art of narrative." So the question does ask us, what is contrasted to the happy outcome? So let's get a few key words to help us out with that.

    00:54 So intervening arbitrarily to ensure a happy outcome to the action, even though, so there's that contrast that outcome violate the rigid logic of the art of narrative.

    01:04 So it's easy just to kind of get stuck on the fact that the dice were mentioned in sentence 2 and then maybe kind of select answer selection A, you want to read the full context in question.

    01:14 You want to look for those keywords that in this case help us contrast, happy outcome.

    01:19 And D, the logic of the story.

    01:23 Question 2 states, in the example of the baseball game, contests of higher importance require an umpire to be more...

    01:31 fair, decisive, arbitrary or partisan.

    01:35 So first, what is important mean in this question, that can mean a number of different things.

    01:41 So the passage context clearly indicates that important is a game that's close.

    01:48 From that point, it's easy enough to get to the correct answer context.

    01:53 That context to show that an unimportant is when it's not close is in any unimportant game if the opposing teams for instance, have no chance to win the pennant right? Then actually a little bit closer, a little bit further, but close to that immediate context we are told.

    02:10 "The crowd feels, in such a case, that it cannot fully enjoy the sense of victory unless the victory be fairly won." So once we understand what important it is answer selection A ...fair, kind of flows right out of it.

    02:28 Question three states, Moliere and Shakespeare are used in the text as examples of what? Comedic writers, artist truths, painters or actors.

    02:39 So this is a great time to illustrate how outside knowledge can maybe help you.

    02:46 If you have read about Moliere, you know that he wrote some dramas, but was known for his comedies that might push you towards a comedic writers.

    02:57 But then this is also an illustration of how outside knowledge can maybe hurt you on CARS.

    03:02 So if you were just familiar with the general works of Shakespeare, you probably don't think of him as a comedy writer, because he wrote in addition to comedies, in any other number of genres.

    03:14 Moral of the story is to hold outside knowledge at an arm's length, and don't let it be the deciding factor.

    03:20 So let's check out some context for this.

    03:25 Moliere were told for instance, nearly always gave an arbitrary happy ending to his comedies.

    03:31 Shakespeare took the same attitude in many comedies.

    03:34 So there you go, both use as examples of comedic writers answer selection A.

    03:41 Question 4 states, according to the passage, Shakespeare's goal in the unlikely ending of "As You Like It" was to leave the audience...

    03:49 Confused, angry, lonely or happy? Let's go ahead and get some context here.

    03:55 "Shakespeare decided to throw probability and logic to the winds in order to close his comedy with a general feeling of good-will." So we don't have good-will as an answer selection.

    04:06 Confused, angry and lonely don't really fit and happy fits as just as well as any of us.

    04:13 So we would select answer selection D here, for the best synonym or best comparison to good-will.

    04:20 Do be aware that more difficult synonyms will exist on CARS.

    04:23 And for that matter, more difficult, long answer choices will be there.

    04:27 But this is just a great example of the type of question you might expect to see.

    04:32 Question 5 states, a play with a highly realistic plotline and logical outcome that is also appreciated by an audience would most likely be a what? Farce, a serious drama, a law or a comedy? This is not a main idea question but does require you to read it to understand what the main idea is, as we referenced in the theoretical portion of our CARS curriculum.

    04:57 So what are we told here we are told that, "a violation of the strictly logic of art is justifiable in comedy, but it's not justifiable and what we might broadly call the serious drama." I really liked this single sentence as a sufficient summary of the main idea.

    05:12 So with that understanding, can you match to the correct answer selection? Okay.

    05:19 So first, let's roll a couple out.

    05:21 A state's a farce, D a comedy.

    05:23 These are essentially the same thing and they're very close to one another in the context of this question.

    05:31 So we could pull those probably both out, because we wouldn't want to be saying the same thing into answer selections.

    05:38 But I think we're told that comedies can violate laws of logic whereas serious dramas will be not able to do that, so that you know, someone's appreciating a plot that doesn't violate the rules of logic that would be logical enough that that would be a series drama, answer selection B.

    06:00 Question 6 states, which of the following values would most accurately be attributed to the baseball fans any example? Competitiveness, honor, beauty, or purity? This is a great slate of wrong asset selection, so we will consider them and each of their turn.

    06:20 Beauty can be ruled out right away.

    06:22 You probably woulda guessed this if you hadn't read the passage.

    06:25 So beware for that type of wrong answer selection.

    06:29 Competitiveness can next be rolled out because the baseball fans willingly give up a win if that went weren't fair.

    06:37 And that allows us to distinguish between purity and honor.

    06:42 The baseball fans are not pure because they gladly accepted or the call if behind, but they do exemplify honor because if the game is close, it would rather lose and be handed the game.

    06:54 That would be an honorable thing to do.

    06:55 Answer selection B.

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    The lecture Studies in Stagecraft: Question Set 2 by Lincoln Smith is from the course CARS Passage Walkthroughs.

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