My theatre professor has given me an assignment, part of which is to defend a play we watched as a work of art - "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson. However, she hasn't explicitly said what that meant. Up to now, I had considered the statement equivalent to her asking, "Why is this play a work of art?".
However, there seems to be a bit of a problem. I've created a list of subquestions related to the definition of art (as spelled out in my textbook). One of the questions I wrote is, "How does the play reveal to us what people treasure and admire?". The problem is that the best answer I can come up with also happens to be an answer to another one of my professor's questions, which is "What is the significance of the piano?". Now, the piano in the play was a family heirloom that had belonged to the mother of one of the main characters of the play. That's why my answer satisfies both questions.
I am now left to wonder - When my teacher asked me to defend the play as a work of art, did she mean to ask me why the play is a work of art?
Edit: This is a study guide that is supposed to be based on the reading. The reading assignment doesn't appear to mention critics, but a quiz based on the reading does have a question on the role of a critic.