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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. According to the author, "the moment a lover speaks, or a king utters, we rush to give them a" what?
(a) Applause.
(b) Necessity.
(c) Feeling.
(d) Label.

2. Whose "theatre is as close as anyone has got to Artaud's ideal"?
(a) Grotowski's.
(b) Cunningham's.
(c) Beckett's.
(d) Brook's.

3. In which traditional theatre do actors pass knowledge orally from father to son?
(a) Noh Theatre.
(b) Shakespearean Theatre.
(c) French Theatre.
(d) Indian Theatre.

4. The author says that we think of what as killing the theatre?
(a) Cinema.
(b) Burlesque.
(c) Art museums.
(d) Television.

5. What does "Deadly Theatre" mean?
(a) Intense theatre.
(b) Great theatre.
(c) Bad theatre.
(d) Avant garde theatre.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who from the Martha Graham company has evolved a ballet company whose daily exercises are a continual preparation for the shock of freedom?

2. Who challenged Stanislavsky, proposing a different style of playing?

3. The author contends that the whole of pop music is a series of what on a level to which we have access?

4. What is the Haitian voodoo priest called?

5. "The job of shifting oneself totally from one character to another--a principle on which all of Shakespeare and all of Chekhov is built--is a _______ task at any time."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author compare the "deadly theatre" to the "deadly bore?"

3. What playwright does the author write of whose work transcends the absurd?

4. What does the author say of Artaud's contribution to "The Holy Theatre"?

5. What similarity ties the three artists whom the author discusses in "The Holy Theatre"?

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

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

8. What are the four forms of theatre the author discusses, and where can they be found?

9. Who is the third theatre practitioner the author discusses regarding examples of Holy Theatre, and why?

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

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