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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 maintains that since classics texts--what we generally call masterpieces--were made in the past, they are only good for what?
(a) The future.
(b) The museum.
(c) The stage.
(d) The past.

2. In the Preface, Artaud contends we must "break through ________ in order to touch life to create or recreate the theater."
(a) Order.
(b) Language.
(c) Reason.
(d) Performance.

3. 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) Emotion.
(b) Action.
(c) Expression.
(d) Entertainment.

4. Artaud asserts that in the Occidental version of theater, _____ are everything.
(a) Words.
(b) Costumes.
(c) Gestures.
(d) Sounds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author says that the problem at the heart of Occidental theater is that western art and culture systematically confuse art with what?

2. Artaud writes in the Preface that "A civilized man judges and is judged according to his" what?

3. Where does Artaud say "there is no art: things are made for use."

4. The "gold" of the theater evokes in the spirit what, according to Artaud?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Saint-Remys do following his dream of the plague?

2. Who does Artaud hold responsible for much of the "masterpieces" he wants to demolish? Why?

3. What replaces the playwright in the Balinese Theater? How is this figure described?

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

5. What is the "reality" of the Balinese theater, according to Artaud?

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

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

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

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

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

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