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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. "In rehearsal, form and _____ have to be examined sometimes together, sometimes separately."
(a) Justification.
(b) Content.
(c) Action.
(d) Writing.

3. "Anyone interested in processes in the natural world would be very rewarded by a study of" what?
(a) Theatre conditions.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Acting.
(d) Playwriting.

4. Joan Littlewood dressed her soldiers as what to create an alienation effect?
(a) Pierrots.
(b) Monsters.
(c) Monkeys.
(d) Parrots.

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

6. "Just as in life the wearing of old clothes can start as defiance and turn into a posture, so ______ can become an end in itself."
(a) Beauty.
(b) Holiness.
(c) Roughness.
(d) Style.

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

8. In what Shakespearean play does the "very subtle construction hinges on the key moment when a statue comes to life"?
(a) King Lear.
(b) Midsummer Night's Dream.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) A Winter's Tale.

9. In rehearsals, what is the relationship the author establishes?
(a) Actor/designer/director.
(b) Director/audience/actor.
(c) Actor/audience/director.
(d) Actor/subject/director.

10. Who wrote Sergeant Musgrave's Dance?
(a) Samuel Beckett.
(b) Alfred Jarry.
(c) Sam Shepard.
(d) John Arden.

11. "Brecht recognized this and in his last years he surprised his associates by saying that the theatre must be ____."
(a) Dishonest.
(b) Brazen.
(c) Bold.
(d) Naive.

12. Of which actor does the author say, "His tongue, his vocal chords, his feeling for rhythm compose an instrument that he has consciously developed all through his career in a running analogy with his life"?
(a) Charlie Chaplin.
(b) Paul Scofield.
(c) Peter O'Toole.
(d) John Gielgud.

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

14. What is the term which embodies the emotional and spiritual experience that occurs in great tragedies?
(a) Catharsis.
(b) Exhaustion.
(c) Tears.
(d) Relief.

15. Brook claims, "Personally, I find staging _______ can be more thoroughly enjoyable than any other form of theatre."
(a) A Surrealist production.
(b) A mime show.
(c) An opera.
(d) A musical.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which Shakespearean play is a main character named Cornelia?

2. Who wrote The Three Sisters?

3. The author writes that "most people could live perfectly well without any ____ at all--and even if they regretted its absence it would not hamper their functioning in any way."

4. What is Artaud's three-minute play, which the author produced first at his "Theatre of Cruelty"?

5. After a production of Love Labour's Lost, what did the author throw out and never work with again?

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