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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 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?
(a) Representation.
(b) Truth.
(c) Assistance.
(d) Repetition.

2. Whose theatre, "in which the imagination, freed by anarchy, flies like a wild bat in and out of every possible shape and style," has it all?
(a) Alfred Jarry's.
(b) Spike Milligan's.
(c) Martha Graham's.
(d) Antoine Artaud's.

3. 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) A shadow.
(b) Gone.
(c) Your own flesh and blood.
(d) A ghost in the darkness.

4. 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) School children.
(b) A circus troupe.
(c) The Chinese army.
(d) San Quentin prisoners.

5. What French surrealist of the theatre does the author mention in "Rough Theatre"?
(a) Zouicher.
(b) Cocteaux.
(c) Robeieux.
(d) Jarry.

Short Answer Questions

1. From what play does the author quote the line, "It was in the year of 18-- that a young student, Roman Rodianovitchi Raskolnikov..."?

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)?

3. The author contends that ______ "is a model of a theatre that contains Brecht and Beckett, but goes beyond both."

4. "If rehearsals are short, ______ is inevitable--but everyone deplores it, naturally," according to the author.

5. What "is above all an appeal to the spectator to work for himself, so to become more and more responsible for accepting what he sees only if it is convincing to him in an adult way"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say of change and liberation regarding "The Rough Theatre"?

2. How does Shakespeare embody both The Rough Theatre and The Holy Theatre?

3. What does the author point out about the source of conflict in Shakespeare's work?

4. How does the author view Method acting?

5. How does the author view "pre-planning" in approaching a rehearsal process?

6. The author gives a formula for creating and defining theatre. What is this formula?

7. How does the author view "the actor?" Which British actors does the author compare in "The Immediate Theatre"?

8. In contemporary theatre, what does the author say is the most accessible way to find "holiness"?

9. What is one example of Shakespeare's which the author uses as an example in "The Rough Theatre", and what is he saying with this example?

10. How does the author describe the difference between "Rough Theatre" and "Holy Theatre"?

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