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Morality Plays

Morality Plays
  • Introduction
  • Mystery plays,
  • Miracle plays,
  • Morality plays and
  • The Interludes
  • 16th Century English Drama

16th Century English Drama

  • Renewed interest in pagan antiquity
  • 1580sComedies of Plautus and Terence
  • Tragedies of Seneca
  • Latin imitations
  • acted in universities
16th Century English Drama

16th Century English Drama

  • Nicholas Udall - headmaster of Eton - first real English comedy “Ralph Roister Doister” – 1551
  • Gammer Gurton՚s Needle (1575) - glimpses of English life
  • Thomas Sackville and Norton - Gorboduc (1562) - first tragedy - blank verse
  • Many tragedies broke away from the classical theme
  • but a servile imitation of classical models
  • Histories- dramatic form of early chronicles

Combined

Comic and tragic elements

MCQs

1. Which is the first English comedy

A. Twelfth Night

B. A Tale of Two Cities

C. Ralph Roister Doister

D. Needle

2. Who wrote the comic play called ‘Needle’

A. Gammer Gurton

B. Chirstopher Marlowe

C. Nicholas Udall

D. Ben Johnson

3. Which is the first English tragedy

A. Twelfth Night

B. A Tale of Two Cities

C. Gorboduc

D. Hamlet

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