Match each characteristic with the type of drama to which it applies.Includes portrayals of American life Allows for alternative theatrical spaces Portrays a realistic picture of London life...

Match each characteristic with the type of drama to which it applies.

Includes portrayals of American life

Allows for alternative theatrical spaces

Portrays a realistic picture of London life

Praises Dionysus through ritual performance

Includes chronicle plays and tragedies of blood

 

I know each of those is either Renaissance drama, classical drama or modern drama. I'm a math major, and literature is definitely my weak spot.

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Jessica Gardner | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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I think "Portrays a realistic picture of London life" most likely refers to the "kitchen sink" style plays of modern drama. Some playwrights who developed this form include, as wordprof mentioned, Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. Good examples of Pinter's plays in this genre are "The Room" and "The Dumb Waiter." Kitchen sink realism is characterized by its super-realistic portrayal of everyday, mostly working class life. Compared to Renaissance drama, this form of modern drama is incredibly focused on the most ordinary aspects of life, to the point of being banal. That's why I believe it's probably the one your teacher is referring to.

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“Includes portrayals of American life”  -- modern drama

 “Allows for alternative theatrical spaces” --

         contemporary drama (but also in a sense Renaissance drama)

“Portrays a realistic picture of London life” --

        again, this could apply to Renaissance drama but also to modern drama

“Praises Dionysus through ritual performance”  -- classical drama

“Includes chronicle plays and tragedies of blood” – mainly Renaissance drama, but classical drama could also be argued

 Your question is not very carefully worded, and the categories you give to choose from are reductive, nor are your terms precise or even central.  For example, Renaissance drama includes plays of many types and subjects, and were predominant in the Elizabethan period (1575-1601) and in the Jacobean period (1603-1625) but not exclusive; and there is no consensus when the Renaissance (theatre) began and ended  (1567-1642??); “chronicles” and “tragedies of blood” could occur in many periods.  “Realistic picture of London life” could refer to the plays of Harold Pinter or Tom Stoppard, but it could also be argued that Shakespeare wrote of “London life” in, for example, the two Falstaff plays.

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