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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose "plays are symbols in an exact sense of the word. A false symbol is soft and vague: a true symbol is hard and clear"?
(a) Harold Pinter.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Tennessee Williams.
(d) Samuel Beckett.

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

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

4. What are audiences doing in "elevating something bad into a success"?
(a) Lying to the authors.
(b) Cheating the critics.
(c) Cheating themselves.
(d) Being idiots.

5. According to Brook, "Beckett's dark plays are plays of ______, where the desperate object created is witness of the ferocity of the wish to bear witness to the truth."
(a) Questioning.
(b) Light.
(c) Obscurity.
(d) Sorrow.

6. With whom did the author institute a group with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre called the Theatre of Cruelty?
(a) Charles Marowitz.
(b) Arthur Miller.
(c) Celice Dayton.
(d) Harold Pinter.

7. "There is eventually a need for _______ to reach the ultimate compactness and focus that collective work is almost obliged to miss."
(a) Magnitude.
(b) Authorship.
(c) Creativity.
(d) Actors.

8. 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"?
(a) The Laboratory.
(b) The Theatre of Cruelty.
(c) The Living Theatre.
(d) The Motion Picture Industry.

9. The theory of what is: "a spectator can be jolted eventually into new sight, so that he wakes to the life around him"?
(a) Absurdism.
(b) Happenings.
(c) Surrealism.
(d) Cruelty.

10. The author opines that "today the theatre of doubting, of unease, of trouble, of alarm, seems truer than the theatre" with what?
(a) A happy ending.
(b) A noble aim.
(c) A generous spirit.
(d) A sad ending.

11. "When the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear toured through Europe, the production was steadily improving and the best performances lay between" where?
(a) Norway and Ireland.
(b) Budapest and Moscow.
(c) Moscow and Ukraine.
(d) Paris and Sicily.

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

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

14. What does the author contend that we have lost all sense of in modern times?
(a) Love.
(b) Nobility.
(c) Worship.
(d) Ritual.

15. Who "wanted the theatre to contain all that normally is reserved for crime and war"?
(a) Jenet.
(b) Beckett.
(c) Grotowski.
(d) Artaud.

Short Answer Questions

1. "In Grotowski's terminology, the actor allows a role to '_____' him."

2. "When we accept Beckett's statement as it is, then suddenly all is _______."

3. Every work and every period has its own what?

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

5. What era was a thriving point for Jouvet and Bérard, Jean-Louis Barrault, Clave at the ballet, Don Juan, Amphitryon, La Folk de Chaillot, Carmen, and others?

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