The Empty Space Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What is Artaud's three-minute play, which the author produced first at his "Theatre of Cruelty"?

2. Who created the method termed "alienation" in the theatre?

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

4. Of whom does the author write, "never just made a slice of life--he was a doctor who with infinite gentleness and care took thousands and thousands of fine layers off life."

5. What is the only "interesting difference" between the theatre and the cinema?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author speak of regarding Shakespeare and the Rough Theatre?

2. How does the author describe the difference between staging in "rough" theatre versus traditional theatre?

3. What does the author describe happening when a Brechtian approach is applied to other works?

4. How does the author view Method acting?

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

6. What is the audience's role in a final production?

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

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

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

10. What is the difference in world view between Brecht and Shakespeare?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of the director of the theatre. How does this person create an open environment? How does he/she best work with the designer? The actor?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the topic of "Style" as the author regards it. How does one approach style? How does style manifest within the theatre?

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