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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. To whom is Artaud's first letter in "Letters on Language"?
(a) M. R. de R.
(b) M.B.C.
(c) J.P.
(d) Aguste Francois.

2. What does Artaud accuse the "current" theater of turning its public into?
(a) Slaves.
(b) Peeping Toms.
(c) Monsters.
(d) Idiots.

3. "The soul can be physiologically reduced to a skein of" what, according to the author?
(a) Vibrations.
(b) Movement.
(c) Breath.
(d) Thoughts.

4. The _____ apportions the human breath into six principal arcana.
(a) Medical journal.
(b) Bible.
(c) Cabala.
(d) Hindu priest.

5. What does Artaud say has "maintained us for ten years in an ineffectual torpor"?
(a) Movies.
(b) Opera.
(c) Theater.
(d) Musicals.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his second letter of "Letters on Language," Artaud states that he finds the duality between author and _____ in the context of theater totally absurd, since there should be no difference between them."

2. In his "Letters on Cruelty," Artaud writes of who, which "carts off vanquished princes and makes them his slaves"?

3. Of whose performance does Artaud write in his second note of "Two Notes"?

4. What is the name of the third act of Artaud's proposed production?

5. What is the title of the first act of Artaud's proposed production for the Theater of Cruelty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the themes and content of the "Theater of Cruelty" based on the second manifesto. What is the spectacle like?

3. What are the different types of breathing the author refers to?

4. What is Artaud's approach to the audience in the theater of cruelty?

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

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

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

8. Discuss and describe Artaud's depiction of lighting for the Theater of Cruelty in the First Manifesto.

9. What does Artaud write of in his third letter of "Letters on Language," which follows the publication of his Manifesto?

10. Who is Hieronymous Bosch and why does Artaud write about him in "The Theater of Cruelty"?

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