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

2. To what does Artaud compare the ability of the theater's "magical means of art and speech to be exercised organically and altogether"?
(a) Entertainment.
(b) Religious ecstacy.
(c) Renewed exorcisms.
(d) Tribal rites.

3. How does Artaud claim musical instruments will be treated in the Theater of Cruelty?
(a) As invisible.
(b) As objects and part of the set.
(c) As characters.
(d) As external objects.

4. Artaud writes of "a seventh state which is beyond breath and which, through the door of the highest ____, the state of Sattva, joins the manifest to the non-manifest."
(a) Guna.
(b) Shiva.
(c) Buddhist.
(d) Hindu.

5. In his second letter from "Letters on Language," Artaud underlines the fact that _____ precede language.
(a) Truth.
(b) Actions.
(c) Spectacle.
(d) Mise en scene.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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 ______."

2. Artaud writes, "At the point of deterioration which our sensibility has reached, it is certain that we need above all a theater that _________."

3. In his second note of "Two Notes," the author writes "When an atmosphere is so transformed that a hostile audience is suddenly and blindly immersed and invincibly disarmed, it must be hailed as _____."

4. In his second note of "Two Notes," Artaud writes, "everything that is ______ is sacred and since his gestures are so beautiful that they take on a symbolic significance."

5. Artaud claims that the lighting equipment now in use would no longer be what for the Theater of Cruelty?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the events of the last two acts of "The Conquest of Mexico."

2. What physically must an actor learn to localize in his body?

3. What is Artaud's subject in his first note from "Two Notes"?

4. In Artaud's "Letters on Language," he insists that the task of "mise en scène" must not be subordinated to spoken or written words as if this task was simply an accessory to theater. What does this mean?

5. Describe the importance and role of the actor in Artaud's Theater of Cruelty, as he describes in the First Manifesto.

6. What is the author's criticism of the performance he writes of in the second of "Two Notes"?

7. Discuss the stage as described by Artaud in his First Manifesto.

8. Discuss the use of masks and accessories as described in the First Manifesto.

9. To whom is Artaud's third letter written in "Letters on Cruelty"? What is the author's tone in this letter? Why?

10. Describe how Artaud defines the images and movement of the "Theater of Cruelty" in his second manifesto.

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