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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 comments that anything obsessive may be considered what?
(a) Green.
(b) White.
(c) Black.
(d) Red.

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

3. What is the title of the painting which Artaud holds in great esteem in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?
(a) Matthew's Assassination.
(b) Rushing Water.
(c) Daughters of Lot.
(d) Fleur de Lis.

4. The biggest obstacle standing in the way of a complete and fundamental renewal of the art of theater is the respect and admiration that we have for the what?
(a) Classic texts.
(b) Directors.
(c) Actors.
(d) Music.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Artaud compares totemism to what in the Preface?

2. What is the name of the ship in Artaud's metaphor of the plague?

3. Artaud maintains that since classics texts--what we generally call masterpieces--were made in the past, they are only good for what?

4. Artaud says that the actors of the Balinese theater appear to be as animated what?

5. This is a perversion of theater to represent psychological and social conflicts and daily life, simply because the object of theater is not psychological but rather plastic and essentially what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author claim is the reasoning behind why the public is turning away from the "higher" arts in "No More Masterpieces"?

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

4. What painting does Artaud describe in "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scene"?

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

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

7. How does Artaud associate culture and art?

8. What commonality does Artaud assert between Alchemy and the theater?

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

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

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