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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. "Both [rough and holy] theatres feed on deep and true ______ in their audiences."
(a) Love.
(b) Aspirations.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Attention.

2. 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"?
(a) Hamlet.
(b) Romeo and Juliet.
(c) King Lear.
(d) A Winter's Tale.

3. 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) Peter O'Toole.
(b) Charlie Chaplin.
(c) John Gielgud.
(d) Paul Scofield.

4. The author writes of his book, "if anyone were to try to use it as a handbook, then I can definitely warn him--there are no _______."
(a) Answers.
(b) Questions.
(c) Formulas.
(d) Beliefs.

5. The author believes the science of theatre building demands studying what it is, which brings about the most what?
(a) Holiness.
(b) Separation of the spectators.
(c) Vivid relationship between people.
(d) Connectedness with the stage and audience.

Short Answer Questions

1. The aim of acting exercises and improvisation in rehearsals is always the same, according to the actor, which is what?

2. Who "is the key figure of our time, and all theatre work today at some point starts or returns to his statements and achievement," according to Brook?

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. Which playwright does the author hold in the greatest esteem as one who combines the Rough Theatre with the Holy Theatre?

5. No tribute to the latent power of the theatre is as telling as that paid to it by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author view as the "ideal" training for an actor?

2. Who is Bertolt Brecht and what was his major contribution to the modern theatre?

3. How does the author approach the concept of liberation with Shakespeare and Brecht?

4. How does the author approach form and content between the actor and director?

5. What is the author's presumed opinion of the works and style of Brecht? How is Brecht similar to Shakespeare?

6. How does the author feel that Brecht approaches the "Holy"?

7. What is the common thread between human existence and approach to process in the theatre?

8. 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?

9. How does the author discuss the process of theatre design?

10. What does the author discuss as an ideal in Marat/Sade?

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