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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author refer to having subjugated Plato?
(a) The Metamorphoses.
(b) The Odyssey.
(c) The Orphic Mysteries.
(d) The Dionysian stories.

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

3. What does Artaud say serves as a copy, or double, of a life that does not exist?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Art.
(c) Theater.
(d) Alchemy.

4. Artaud writes that true theater arises out of an organized what?
(a) Structure.
(b) Anarchy.
(c) Lie.
(d) Suspension of disbelief.

5. Where does the theater of cruelty place the spectator?
(a) In the minds of the gods.
(b) At a distance.
(c) At the edge of the stage.
(d) In the center of the spectacle.

6. Artaud writes that Occidental theater is a theater of what?
(a) Poetics.
(b) Imagery.
(c) Ritual.
(d) Dialogue.

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) False.
(c) Poetic.
(d) Complete.

8. 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?
(a) Jouissis.
(b) Esprit.
(c) Rioutet.
(d) L'amour.

9. In the preface, Artaud makes an analogy remarking that we (white Europeans) are unaware that to anyone else, we might be the ones who what?
(a) Are barbaric.
(b) Are uncouth.
(c) Smell bad.
(d) Have no taste.

10. In what year was the original Le Theatre et son Double published?
(a) 1938.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1945.

11. In order to put theater back on its original path, it will be necessary to link it with everything that can exist as an ______ on a stage.
(a) Expression.
(b) Emotion.
(c) Action.
(d) Entertainment.

12. The biggest obstacle standing in the way of a complete and fundamental renewal of the art of theater is the respect and admiration that we have for the what?
(a) Classic texts.
(b) Actors.
(c) Music.
(d) Directors.

13. In his Preface, Artaud writes that "It is right that from time to time cataclysms occur which compel us to return to" what?
(a) Civilization.
(b) Order.
(c) Nature.
(d) Love.

14. What should we do with poetry, according to Artaud?
(a) Read it and throw it away.
(b) Reinvent it.
(c) Redevelop it.
(d) Maintain it.

15. Of the Balinese theater, Artaud remarks that "setting aside the prodigious mathematics of this spectacle, what seems most surprising and astonishing to us is this aspect of matter as" what?
(a) Revelation.
(b) Magic.
(c) Introspection.
(d) Gesture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is proposed by the author as meant to shake up the foundations of civilization and culture as a whole?

2. Artaud writes, "it is the _______ that is the theater much more than the written and spoken play."

3. What is the title of the painting which Artaud holds in great esteem in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?

4. Where is the painting Artaud speaks of in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?

5. Artaud comments that anything obsessive may be considered what?

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