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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What form of theatre does the author discuss first in the book?
(a) Holy Theatre.
(b) Immediate Theatre.
(c) Bad Theatre.
(d) Deadly Theatre.

4. "The job of shifting oneself totally from one character to another--a principle on which all of Shakespeare and all of Chekhov is built--is a _______ task at any time."
(a) Super-human.
(b) Easy.
(c) Tangible.
(d) Incomprehensible.

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

6. 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) Les Miserables.
(c) La Boheme.
(d) House of Flowers.

7. In Grotowski's theory, "the act of performance is an act of" what?
(a) Sacrifice.
(b) Outrage.
(c) Murder.
(d) Love.

8. The author points out that the best dramatists explain themselves how (regarding stage direction)?
(a) The least.
(b) Creatively.
(c) The most.
(d) Intricately.

9. 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?
(a) Moliere.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Brecht.
(d) Williams.

10. The author writes that New York has potentially the best audience in the world, but they don't go to the theatre. Why?
(a) The lack of culture.
(b) The work is too shabby.
(c) The price is too high.
(d) The creative impulse doesn't exist.

11. The author says of Deadly Theatre, that "just the right degree of _______ is a reassuring guarantee of a worthwhile event."
(a) Intellectualism.
(b) Celebration.
(c) Boringness.
(d) Spectacle.

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

13. What does "Deadly Theatre" mean?
(a) Bad theatre.
(b) Avant garde theatre.
(c) Great theatre.
(d) Intense theatre.

14. What is the climax of the theatre, which is not the climax of applause?
(a) The climax of relief.
(b) The climax of intent.
(c) The climax of silence.
(d) The climax of fear.

15. What is the name of Peter Weiss' play about Auschwitz, which the author uses in example?
(a) The Investigation.
(b) The Diary of Anne Frank.
(c) Auschwitz.
(d) Final Hour.

Short Answer Questions

1. There is often a call for performing the classics in what way?

2. Brook claims there are two ways of "speaking about the human condition: there is the process of inspiration" and the process of what?

3. Which company is mentioned by the author as using time well, rehearsing approximately 12 months for performances?

4. Whose speech in Shakespeare holds the line, "Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter," despite the fact that the character who speaks it is considered "wicked"?

5. What group is led by Julian Beck and Judith Malina?

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