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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Artaud contend must be seen as as the burning projection of all the objective consequences of "a gesture, word, sound, music, and their combinations"?
(a) A play.
(b) Mise en scene.
(c) An actor.
(d) A scene.

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

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

4. What sense has contemporary theater lost, according to Artaud?
(a) Psychological.
(b) Beauty and language.
(c) Aesthetic.
(d) Religious and mystic.

5. In "Oriental and Occidental Theater," Artaud writes, "It is not a matter of suppressing _____ in the theater but of changing its role, and especially of reducing its position."
(a) Staging.
(b) Speech.
(c) Triviality.
(d) Music.

6. What animal does the author say has a mysterious affinity with the plague?
(a) Cows.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Swine.
(d) Cats.

7. In the Balinese theater, Artaud writes "The drama does not develop as a conflict of feelings but as a conflict of" what?
(a) Spiritual states.
(b) God-like entities.
(c) Psychological responses.
(d) Gutteral reactions.

8. In the Balinese theater, which figure becomes a "manager of magic" or master of "sacred ceremonies"?
(a) The actor.
(b) The set designer.
(c) The audience.
(d) The director.

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

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

11. Artaud writes in the Preface that "A civilized man judges and is judged according to his" what?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Letters.
(c) Thoughts.
(d) Behavior.

12. Where was the ship from that came to dock on the island of Artaud's metaphor?
(a) Egypt.
(b) Africa.
(c) Beirut.
(d) Istanbul.

13. Artaud suggests that "true theater" should not mirror human life but instead should evoke what?
(a) Heaven and Hell.
(b) A reality where humans must have little influence or effect.
(c) A world of the gods and goddesses of old.
(d) A world of artistic vision.

14. What is proposed by the author as meant to shake up the foundations of civilization and culture as a whole?
(a) Theater of gesture.
(b) Theater of meaning.
(c) Theater of cruelty.
(d) Theater of shadows.

15. Artaud comments that anything obsessive may be considered what?
(a) Green.
(b) Red.
(c) Black.
(d) White.

Short Answer Questions

1. Artaud writes of the comparison of theater to alchemy, "It is that alchemy and the theater are so to speak _____ arts, and do not carry their end--or their reality within themselves."

2. What word expressed by the translator is typically translated as "mind" because it has no English equivalent, combining as it does both mind and spirit?

3. Artaud writes that to "restore [theater] to its original direction, to reinstate it in its religious and metaphysical aspect, is to reconcile it with ______."

4. What "theater is based upon age-old traditions which have preserved intact the secrets of using gestures, intonations, and harmonies in relation to the senses"?

5. Artaud compares totemism to what in the Preface?

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