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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. 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) Magic.
(c) Introspection.
(d) Revelation.

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

3. 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.

4. Artaud says that the reason the public is not interested in "higher" art and in theater in particular, is because people do not react to what?
(a) Musical contribution.
(b) Old language and forms of expression.
(c) Poetry.
(d) True gesture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Artaud suggests that in order to take language to a metaphysical level, it must be reduced to what?

2. Artaud remarks that the problem is that "all true feeling in _____ is untranslatable; translating it would be betraying and dissimulating it."

3. In the Balinese theater, all sounds are linked to what?

4. What form of the virus resulted in the deaths of more people than the previous plague?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the link between art and culture in the Occidental theater? How must this change, according to Artaud?

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

6. In "Oriental and Occidental Theater," how does Artaud describe the downfall of the West?

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

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

9. In what reference does Artaud comment on Plato in "The Alchemical Theater"?

10. What does "gold" represent in Artaud's analogy of "The Alchemical Theater"?

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