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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the mise en scene composed of?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Everything around production.
(c) Acting.
(d) Psychological awareness.

2. What is the title of the painting which Artaud holds in great esteem in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?
(a) Matthew's Assassination.
(b) Rushing Water.
(c) Fleur de Lis.
(d) Daughters of Lot.

3. Which filmmakers/performers does Artaud make reference to in "Metaphysics and Mise en Scene"?
(a) Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
(b) Lucy and Desi.
(c) The Marx Brothers.
(d) Abbott and Costello.

4. In "Oriental and Occidental Theater," the author writes, "if we restrict theater to what happens between cues, we have still not managed to separate it from the idea of a ________."
(a) Poetic notion.
(b) Dramatic lie.
(c) Empty performance.
(d) Performed text.

5. The author of Occidental theater is replaced by what in Balinese theater?
(a) Mise en scene.
(b) Metteur en scène.
(c) Raison d'etre.
(d) Auteur de theatre.

6. Artaud writes that "the symbols of alchemy provide the spiritual means of decanting and transfusing matter and must have evoked the passionate and decisive transfusion of matter by ____."
(a) Science.
(b) Mind.
(c) Magic.
(d) Chemicals.

7. Artaud contends that the separation of life and theater, where the latter is but a mirror image of the former, is inherently what?
(a) True.
(b) Poetic.
(c) False.
(d) Complete.

8. Artaud believes that theater should be the art of creating a higher meaning that cannot be what?
(a) Abandoned.
(b) Vilified.
(c) Glorified.
(d) Repeated.

9. Theater must do what in order to reconstruct itself on a layer of its own virtual reality?
(a) Create magic.
(b) Permit language.
(c) Imbue poetry.
(d) Destroy everything.

10. Alchemy uses what to reflect physical operations at a spiritual level?
(a) Gold.
(b) Magic.
(c) Chemicals.
(d) Symbols.

11. Artaud asserts that in the Occidental version of theater, _____ are everything.
(a) Words.
(b) Sounds.
(c) Gestures.
(d) Costumes.

12. In order for theater to resume its necessary role, we must reverse the roles of the text and the ________.
(a) Stage.
(b) Actor.
(c) Director.
(d) Mise en scene.

13. This is a perversion of theater to represent psychological and social conflicts and daily life, simply because the object of theater is not psychological but rather plastic and essentially what?
(a) Material.
(b) Transcendental.
(c) Spiritual.
(d) Ungodly.

14. Artaud remarks that the problem is that "all true feeling in _____ is untranslatable; translating it would be betraying and dissimulating it."
(a) God.
(b) Love.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Reality.

15. In Artaud's metaphor for the plague, where did the ship end up docking?
(a) Paris.
(b) Marseilles.
(c) Sicily.
(d) Rome.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, along with theater scripted in words, must disappear because it loses its value as soon as it is repeated?

2. The author writes of the Balinese theater that "the sense of a new _________ based upon signs and no longer upon words, is liberated."

3. Who is the painter whom Artaud writes of in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?

4. Of the performers of the Balinese theater, Artaud writes, "They are like huge _____ full of lines and segments drawn to connect them with an unknown natural perspective of which they seem nothing more than a, kind of detached geometry."

5. What does Artaud say diminishes the value of the theater?

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