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THTR 100: Plays and Playwrights (S. Tabaka): Assignment #2


  • Due:  October 8th, 2023 by 12M.
  • Don't cite Wikipedia!
  • Always italicize the name of the play.
  • Directors and actors are not your friends:  respectfully address them as "Mr." or "Ms.".


Print Reference Resources

A great place to start your research is in Reference Books. These are kept on the Main floor of the SMSU McFarland Library and are for in-house use only. A Reference Librarian is available to assist you in finding and using the resources during most hours the library is open.

These databases (and these specific websites) are particularly helpful:

Assignment #2: Events/Fads/Leaders -- Opening Night

This assignment is compromised of small events that, when put together, give you an overview of your show's place in time and history. State the title and playwright of your play.

EVENTS/FADS/LEADERS --The world at large

  1. List 5 events and 5 fads that occurred during the time you play is set (this does not always mean the time in which the play was written) for a total of 10 items. 
  2. List 5 world leaders/rulers and the country they governed.
  3. List 5 occupations at the time of your play using Value of a Dollar. List their salary. At least 1 of these jobs must not exist today, in the same form.
  4. List 5 items from Value of a Dollar and compare their price to today's pricing.
  5. Find 1 commodity (bread, coffee, flour, etc.) from the era on the database Statista and upload the statistic, comparing pricing across the dates available in Statista.


                                Do not cut and paste!  No hyperlinks!


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.  

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: