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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "The actor's work is never for _______, yet always is for one."
(a) Another actor.
(b) A director.
(c) A critic.
(d) An audience.

2. The author writes that "a most powerful explanation of the various arts is that they talk of..." what?
(a) Beauty.
(b) Patterns.
(c) Emotion.
(d) Light.

3. The author claims that a "true symbol" is what?
(a) Specific.
(b) Silent.
(c) Deadly.
(d) Nonexistent.

4. The author contends that "we do not know how to celebrate, because we do not know ____ to celebrate."
(a) When.
(b) Where.
(c) What.
(d) Why.

5. Who theorized the "Theatre of Cruelty"?
(a) Bertolt Brecht.
(b) Merce Cunningham.
(c) Jerzy Grotowski.
(d) Antoine Artaud.

6. What artist does the author refer to as a visionary who leads a theatre company in Poland?
(a) Travis Kendowski.
(b) Andreas Bryg.
(c) Chaim Potok.
(d) Jerzy Grotowski.

7. On the first day of rehearsal of what show did its composer, Harold Arlen, arrive wearing a blue cornflower, with champagne and presents for all?
(a) Death of a Salesman.
(b) La Boheme.
(c) House of Flowers.
(d) Les Miserables.

8. The author writes, "Years ago I saw a girl at the Actors' Studio approaching a speech of Lady Macbeth's by..." doing what?
(a) Weeping uncontrollably.
(b) Standing on a cliff.
(c) Screaming loudly.
(d) Pretending to be a tree.

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

10. The author contends that the whole of pop music is a series of what on a level to which we have access?
(a) Journeys.
(b) Rituals.
(c) Superficiality.
(d) Discoveries.

11. Who does the author say is the most influential of modern writers?
(a) Tennessee Williams.
(b) Clifford Odets.
(c) Merce Cunningham.
(d) Bertolt Brecht.

12. Where did the Royal Shakespeare Company's Lear find an unwilling audience?
(a) Philadelphia.
(b) California.
(c) New York.
(d) Connecticut.

13. Of whom does the author say, "His aim continually is holy, metaphysical, yet he never makes the mistake of staying too long on the highest plane"?
(a) Pinter.
(b) Artaud.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Beckett.

14. What British playwright does the author laud, who also works as a director and performer?
(a) Sletteland.
(b) Shepard.
(c) Pinter.
(d) Williams.

15. Approximately how long is a rehearsal process in New York, according to the author?
(a) Two months.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Three weeks.
(d) One week.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the climax of the theatre, which is not the climax of applause?

2. In France, there are how many deadly ways of playing classical tragedy, according to the author?

3. The author writes that New York has potentially the best audience in the world, but they don't go to the theatre. Why?

4. Who "wanted the theatre to contain all that normally is reserved for crime and war"?

5. In which traditional theatre do actors pass knowledge orally from father to son?

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