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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which company is mentioned by the author as using time well, rehearsing approximately 12 months for performances?

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

3. "A director dealing with elements that exist outside of himself can cheat himself into thinking his work more ______ than it is."

4. The theory of what is: "a spectator can be jolted eventually into new sight, so that he wakes to the life around him"?

5. What "can be anywhere, any time, of any duration: nothing is required, nothing is taboo"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author remark about "style" in terms of how to approach it?

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

3. How can one produce Shakespeare and not fall into the realm of "Deadly" theatre?

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

5. Describe Brook's "Theatre of Cruelty." Whose concepts and theories was this based upon?

6. Does "Holy Theatre" mean serious theatre? Why or why not?

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

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

9. How does boringness contribute to people attending Deadly Theatre?

10. What is "The Happening," and what difficulty does it pose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the playwright Samuel Beckett. What styles do his works embody? How is he a contributor to Holy Theatre?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the actor in the creation of theatre. How does one best approach this role? What is the actor's relationship with the director? With the audience?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss "The Deadly Theatre." What does this term mean? How can we learn something from Deadly Theatre? What are the components of Deadly Theatre?

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