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THTR 100: Plays and Playwrights (S. Tabaka): Assignment #6


  • Due:  April 29, 2018 by 12M.
  • Don't cite Wikipedia!
  • Always italicize the name of the play.
  • Directors and actors are not your friends:  address them as "Mr. or "Ms.".

What's the difference?

The defines the following:

Fad:  a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.

An intense but short-lived fashion; craze (or 'trend': style or vogue.  Example:  'The new trend in women's clothing'.)

Event:  an occurrence, especially one of some importance.  Example:  Birthday, sporting event, discovery or invention date.  

Where else can I look?

Don’t overlook the bound journals, (located on McFarland Library's main floor) like Time, Life, and Newsweek—all are very good for noting events and trends.

Assignment #6: Events/Fads/World Leaders

State the name of your play, and the year in which it is set.  Find and list the following that occur during the setting of your play (Note:  this does not always mean the date the play was written):

  • 15 fads (or 'trends')
  • 15 events
  • 5 world leaders/rulers (also list the country they governed)

Also, from the book Value of a Dollar (REF HB235 .U6 D47 2009):

  • 5 occupations (and salary) from the time of your play.  At least one must not exist today, in the same form.
  • 10 commodities (bread, butter, automobile, housing).  Compare pricing from teh time of your play to today's society.  Need today's pricing?  Check grocery store prices; classified ads for housing/auto.  

Include a bibliography.  You must have at least five different print sources (all McFarland Library reference books, no websites or databases!).


Useful Reference books:

A good place to start research for Assignment #2 is in the McFarland Library reference section, located on the second floor behind the reference desk.  The following books are great places to find fads, events, and world leaders: