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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "On Broadway ticket prices are continually rising and, ironically, as each season grows more disastrous, each season's hit" does what?
(a) Makes more money.
(b) Bombs.
(c) Makes less money.
(d) Gets raves.

2. What group is led by Julian Beck and Judith Malina?
(a) The Laboratory.
(b) The Dead Theatre.
(c) The Living Theatre.
(d) The Theatre of Cruelty.

3. Who wrote the libretto for House of Flowers?
(a) Truman Capote.
(b) Harold Clurman.
(c) Peter Brook.
(d) James Jackson.

4. What is the Haitian voodoo priest called?
(a) The Krobodos.
(b) The Voodoo.
(c) The Houngan.
(d) The Magic Man.

5. What is the theatre district in London called?
(a) Broadway.
(b) East End.
(c) SoHo.
(d) West End.

6. In France, there are how many deadly ways of playing classical tragedy, according to the author?
(a) Six.
(b) Four.
(c) Ten.
(d) Two.

7. According to the author, with most experimental products, "______ is their complaint and their excuse."
(a) Poverty.
(b) Religion.
(c) Love.
(d) Desperation.

8. Within a constrained time allotted for rehearsal, what cannot occur, according to the author?
(a) Artistic risks.
(b) True impulse.
(c) Creative explosion.
(d) Finding truth.

9. Every work and every period has its own what?
(a) Mannerism.
(b) Eloquence.
(c) Style.
(d) Cadence.

10. "In the theatre, the tendency for centuries has been to put the actor" where?
(a) Close to us.
(b) On a screen.
(c) At a remote distance.
(d) In the air.

11. Which Chinese Opera Company came to London and retained touch with its sources, creating something new every night?
(a) Formosa Opera Company.
(b) Xing Opera Company.
(c) Pekin Opera Company.
(d) Siam Opera Company.

12. The theatre has often been called what?
(a) A whore.
(b) A waste.
(c) A religion.
(d) A misery.

13. Where did the author, in 1946, encounter children piling into a space to watch two clowns?
(a) The Louvre.
(b) The Royal Shakespeare Company.
(c) The Hamburg Opera.
(d) The London Globe.

14. The author writes of productions in Russia of classical Shakespearean works which rehearsed for how long, yet were unable to perform as well as a hack company?
(a) One year.
(b) Two years.
(c) Five months.
(d) Six years.

15. Who challenged Stanislavsky, proposing a different style of playing?
(a) Chekhov.
(b) Meisner.
(c) Adler.
(d) Meyerhold.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author writes, "Of course nowhere does the Deadly Theatre install itself so securely, so comfortably and so slyly as in the works of" whom?

2. What are audiences doing in "elevating something bad into a success"?

3. Of what does the author write, "three needs become one: it exists for the sake of performing, it earns its living through performing and its performances contain the most intense and intimate moments of its collective life"?

4. What does the author contend is "the only trouble with violent shocks"?

5. The author writes, "Years ago I saw a girl at the Actors' Studio approaching a speech of Lady Macbeth's by..." doing what?

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