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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 third act of Artaud's proposed production?
(a) "Convulsions."
(b) "Redemption."
(c) "Confession."
(d) "War Cry."

2. In Artaud's Second Manifesto, he describes the spectacle itself as being formed along the lines of _________ which will be materialized in gestures and movement before decaying into sounds and words.
(a) Current events.
(b) Bible verses.
(c) Ancient myths.
(d) Dream sequences.

3. "The soul can be physiologically reduced to a skein of" what, according to the author?
(a) Vibrations.
(b) Breath.
(c) Thoughts.
(d) Movement.

4. What does Artaud accuse the "current" theater of turning its public into?
(a) Slaves.
(b) Monsters.
(c) Peeping Toms.
(d) Idiots.

5. Who appears with his men like giants alongside their tiny vessels in Act 1 of Artaud's proposed production?
(a) Napoleon.
(b) D'Ablo.
(c) Hurez.
(d) Cortez.

6. Of the performer in Artaud's second note, he writes, "His spectacle demonstrates the irresistible expressiveness of" what?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) The mind.
(c) Gesture.
(d) The breath.

7. Of whose performance does Artaud write in his second note of "Two Notes"?
(a) Charlie Chaplin.
(b) Buster Keaton.
(c) The Marx Brothers.
(d) Jean-Louis Barrault.

8. Of the word "cruelty," Artaud writes in his letters that the word represents "irreversible and absolute" what?
(a) Determination.
(b) Loathing.
(c) Rage.
(d) Inspiration.

9. Artaud intends his theater to to seek in the what of tremendous masses?
(a) Sensation.
(b) Terror.
(c) Agitation.
(d) Clamoring.

10. The first line of Artaud's Second Manifesto, states, "Admittedly or not, conscious or unconscious, _________, a transcendent experience of life, is what the public is fundamentally seeking through love, crime, drugs, war, or insurrection."
(a) Cruelty.
(b) A religious experience.
(c) Freedom.
(d) The poetic state.

11. Artaud claims that if the theater fails to successfully reproduce the works of the great classics, it is because we have lost the sense of their theater's what?
(a) Physics.
(b) Language.
(c) Importance.
(d) Dynamic.

12. Artaud writes in his Second Manifesto that he plans to "renounce the theatrical superstition of the text and the _______ of the writer."
(a) Worship.
(b) Leadership.
(c) Homage.
(d) Dictatorship.

13. What did the performer replicate in the production Artaud speaks of in his second note of "Two Notes"?
(a) A unicorn.
(b) A centaur-horse.
(c) A bear.
(d) A bull.

14. The author claims that actors in France no longer "know how to do anything but" what?
(a) Talk.
(b) Sing.
(c) Bore.
(d) Stand.

15. Every breath has how many kinds of time?
(a) Eight.
(b) Six.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

Short Answer Questions

1. Artaud claims in his first letter of "Letters on Language" that while it still qualifies as "theater," a play which depends entirely on a scripted text is nothing but a _____ of theater.

2. In "An Affective Athleticism," Artaud writes, "To make use of his emotions as a wrestler makes use of his muscles, he has to see the human being as a ______."

3. What does Artaud claim that the approach of psychological theater is?

4. What second film does Artaud mention in his first note of "Two Notes"?

5. To whom does the author write his third letter from "Letters on Cruelty"?

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