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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say is "a sign and is an illustration--so it is a fragment of language"?
(a) Metaphor.
(b) Symbol.
(c) Impulse.
(d) Action.

2. In which play does Leontes accuse his wife of infidelity?
(a) Anthony and Cleopatra.
(b) A Winter's Tale.
(c) King Lear.
(d) Hamlet.

3. Who once did a production of Love's Labour's Lost where the character called Constable Dull was dressed as a Victorian policeman because his name at once conjured up the typical figure of the London bobby?
(a) Peter Brook.
(b) Antoine Artaud.
(c) Samuel Beckett.
(d) Peter Sellers.

4. Which country produced a television version of Ubu Roi which captivated the audience with its surrealism?
(a) Britain.
(b) France.
(c) Israel.
(d) Czechoslavakia.

5. 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) Old Vic.
(b) The Swan Theatre.
(c) The Royal Shakespeare Company.
(d) The Berliner Ensemble's.

6. The Rough Theatre deals with men's what?
(a) Love.
(b) Souls.
(c) Actions.
(d) Laughter.

7. What is the "lie" that the secret patronage of going to the theatre is?
(a) That it will be bad.
(b) That the truth is waiting.
(c) That the gift is worth receiving.
(d) That the honor is privilege.

8. Of what does the author describe, "the moment when the illogical breaks through our everyday understanding to make us open our eyes more widely"?
(a) A fortitude.
(b) A Happening effect.
(c) An alienation effect.
(d) A realization.

9. "Figaro or Falstaff or Tartuffe lampoon and debunk through laughter, and the author's purpose is to bring about a _______."
(a) Vision of truth.
(b) Social change.
(c) Radical anarchy.
(d) Tear to the eye.

10. The aim of acting exercises and improvisation in rehearsals is always the same, according to the actor, which is what?
(a) To aid in remembering lines.
(b) To find a system of Truth.
(c) To get away from Deadly Theatre.
(d) To forget their worries.

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

12. In the author's "formula" for creating and defining theatre, the first element is what?
(a) Repetition.
(b) Assistance.
(c) Truth.
(d) Representation.

13. The author states, "When Brecht was alive, it was the ______ of West Berlin who flocked to his theatre in the East."
(a) Czars.
(b) Anarchists.
(c) Nobles.
(d) Intellectuals.

14. Which actor "is reaching inside himself for an alphabet that is also fossilized, for the language of signs from life that he knows is the language not of invention but of his conditioning"?
(a) The Method Actor.
(b) The Immediate Actor.
(c) The Classical Actor.
(d) The Grotowski Actor.

15. Who allegedly saw a play for the first time in their lives and were confronted with Waiting for Godot with no problem at all in following what, to regular theatre-goers, was incomprehensible?
(a) San Quentin prisoners.
(b) School children.
(c) The Chinese army.
(d) A circus troupe.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the third section of the book the author claims, "It is always the ______ theatre that saves the day."

2. What is the third element for creating and defining theatre, according to the author, described as the life that an audience brings into the theatre every time a play is performed?

3. From which of Shakespeare's plays is the line, "Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day", which the author uses as an example in "The Immediate Theatre"?

4. The author believes the science of theatre building demands studying what it is, which brings about the most what?

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

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