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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the ship in Artaud's metaphor of the plague?
(a) Sardinia.
(b) Grand-Saint-Antoine.
(c) Saint-Remys.
(d) Calgiari.

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

3. The author writes of the Balinese theater that "the sense of a new _________ based upon signs and no longer upon words, is liberated."
(a) Obscurity.
(b) Religion.
(c) Code.
(d) Physical language.

4. Where does Artaud say "there is no art: things are made for use."
(a) Asia.
(b) America.
(c) Africa.
(d) Mexico.

5. What two organs are the most affected and atrophied by the plague?
(a) Heart and gall bladder.
(b) Brain and lungs.
(c) Pancreas and heart.
(d) Kidneys and lungs.

6. 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 uncouth.
(b) Have no taste.
(c) Smell bad.
(d) Are barbaric.

7. Artaud writes that to "restore [theater] to its original direction, to reinstate it in its religious and metaphysical aspect, is to reconcile it with ______."
(a) The gods.
(b) The civilization.
(c) The universe.
(d) The religious.

8. In the Preface, Artaud writes, "If confusion is the sign of the times, I see at the root of this confusion a rupture between things and ____".
(a) Words.
(b) Life.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Love.

9. What form of the virus resulted in the deaths of more people than the previous plague?
(a) African.
(b) Australian.
(c) Oriental.
(d) American.

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

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

12. Artaud writes, "it is the _______ that is the theater much more than the written and spoken play."
(a) Mise en scene.
(b) Performance.
(c) Actor.
(d) Director.

13. What does Artaud say diminishes the value of the theater?
(a) Psychology.
(b) Gesture.
(c) Metaphysics.
(d) Music.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Balinese theater, voice and speech are given an entirely new role, in part because the power of the director, or __________ of a play is absolute.

2. In what town does Artaud tell the story of the plague being foreseen by the viceroy?

3. Artaud believes that in its current, Occidental interpretation, theater is limited to mimicking what through scripted dialogues?

4. 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"?

5. What is the duration of all of the great plagues, according to Artaud?

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