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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the duration of all of the great plagues, according to Artaud?
(a) Six years.
(b) Five years.
(c) One year.
(d) Five months.

3. Which form of the theater does Artaud admire in contrast to Occidental forms?
(a) Italian.
(b) Balinese.
(c) American.
(d) English.

4. 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) Gesture.
(b) Introspection.
(c) Revelation.
(d) Magic.

5. Where is the painting Artaud speaks of in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?
(a) The Museum of Modern Art.
(b) The Louvre.
(c) The Guggenheim.
(d) The Pantheon.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the year of the plague of which Artaud tells in "Theater and the Plague"?

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. Theater must do what in order to reconstruct itself on a layer of its own virtual reality?

5. 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 ____".

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Artaud associate culture and art?

2. How does the author describe the effects of a plague on civilization?

3. What is the "perversion" of the theater of the west, according to the author?

4. What is the meaning behind the title of "The Theater and Its Double"?

5. What does Artaud write about the message of the painting he describes in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?

6. How does Artaud describe the gestures of the Balinese Theater? How are they "understandable?"

7. What reality should the theater reflect, according to the author in "The Alchemical Theater"?

8. What must occur for the theater to be restored, according to the author?

9. What good does the author assert comes from both plagues and theater?

10. What are the author's feelings about psychology and the theater? What of poetry?

(see the answer keys)

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