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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "In work with a designer, a sympathy of _____ is what matters most."
(a) Tempo.
(b) Expertise.
(c) Means.
(d) Money.

2. Whose recent production of Coriolanus underlines the whole question of where illusion begins and ends, according to the author (and the time the book was written)?
(a) The Swan Theatre.
(b) Old Vic.
(c) The Berliner Ensemble's.
(d) The Royal Shakespeare Company.

3. What are some of the physical aspects of the alienation effect?
(a) Sun lighting.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Placards and visible spotlights.
(d) Realistic furniture.

4. "Whenever one has a real critical flop, for the remainder of the run there is always a small audience of..." what?
(a) Cautious ticketpayers.
(b) Haters.
(c) Grand critics.
(d) Great enthusiasm.

5. "If rehearsals are short, ______ is inevitable--but everyone deplores it, naturally," according to the author.
(a) Foregoing truth.
(b) Type-casting.
(c) Casting.
(d) No direction.

6. Which playwright does the author hold in the greatest esteem as one who combines the Rough Theatre with the Holy Theatre?
(a) Beckett.
(b) Albee.
(c) Brecht.
(d) Shakespeare.

7. In the third section of the book the author claims, "It is always the ______ theatre that saves the day."
(a) Popular.
(b) Deadly.
(c) Proud.
(d) Honest.

8. Of whom does the author write, "never just made a slice of life--he was a doctor who with infinite gentleness and care took thousands and thousands of fine layers off life."
(a) Beckett.
(b) Chekhov.
(c) Brecht.
(d) Shakespeare.

9. Who wrote Ubu Roi?
(a) Alfred Jarry.
(b) Merce Cunningham.
(c) Antoine Artaud.
(d) Samuel Beckett.

10. The author says in "The Immediate Theatre", "At least one can see that everything is a _______ for something and nothing is a _______ for everything."
(a) Banality.
(b) Theatre.
(c) Truth.
(d) Language.

11. Who wrote The Three Sisters?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Chekhov.
(c) Marlowe.
(d) Brecht.

12. The author claims that the price of being a great tragedian or musical conductor is that "the material you use to create these imaginary people who you can pick up and discard like a glove" is what?
(a) Your own flesh and blood.
(b) A ghost in the darkness.
(c) A shadow.
(d) Gone.

13. One of the pioneer figures in the movement towards a renewed Shakespeare was whom?
(a) Michael Crandon.
(b) Samuel Beckett.
(c) Bertolt Brecht.
(d) William Poel.

14. Who "influenced Europe for half a century through a couple of performances given in Hampstead in a church hall"?
(a) Martha Graham.
(b) Gordon Craig.
(c) Samuel Beckett.
(d) Antoine Artaud.

15. The strongest comedy is rooted in what?
(a) Archetypes.
(b) The absurd.
(c) Buffoonery.
(d) The magical.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states, "When Brecht was alive, it was the ______ of West Berlin who flocked to his theatre in the East."

2. Which chapter is the most autobiographical to the author?

3. In rehearsals, what is the relationship the author establishes?

4. The true meaning of a theatre piece only becomes apparent when an audience is what?

5. In what Shakespearean play is Gloucester blinded?

(see the answer keys)

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