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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What used to be the great symbol of a whole school of theatre?
(a) The stage.
(b) The Curtain.
(c) The footlights.
(d) The orchestra.

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

3. "When we accept Beckett's statement as it is, then suddenly all is _______."
(a) Transformed.
(b) Desolate.
(c) Devastated.
(d) True.

4. Which company is mentioned by the author as using time well, rehearsing approximately 12 months for performances?
(a) The Berliner Ensemble.
(b) Comedie Francaise.
(c) The National Theatre.
(d) The Pekin Opera.

5. What does the author say is nonexistent in today's world?
(a) A Deadly Theatre.
(b) A true theatre of joy.
(c) A competition with film.
(d) A fight for truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. "The actor's work is never for _______, yet always is for one."

2. A word is an end product which begins with what?

3. What does the "inner man" express only in his words?

4. The author refers to Broadway not as a jungle, but a what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Deadly Theatre and Shakespeare intersect?

2. How does the author tie Haitian voodoo to the art of performance?

3. What are the director's principle responsibilities in the process of creating/producing theatre?

4. What metaphor does the author use for the theatre in the first section of the book, and what is his meaning?

5. What role does the critic play in the world of theatre?

6. What American dancer does the author discuss, and what does his work entail?

7. What is "The Living Theatre"?

8. What is the theory and concept behind "Theatre of Cruelty?"

9. What is a "deadly" actor, and what contributes to this?

10. What has happened to "ritual" in today's culture, as described by the author?

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