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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Artaud comments that anything obsessive may be considered what?

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

3. Balinese theater realizes an extreme and pure version of theater, through which everything exists only because of what?

4. In Artaud's metaphor for the plague, where did the ship end up docking?

5. Artaud contends that the separation of life and theater, where the latter is but a mirror image of the former, is inherently what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Artaud write of change and civilization regarding the theater in "No More Masterpieces"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Artaud say in reference to totems in his Preface?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of Artaud's time and place in regard to his vision of humanity and the world. How might the political and social climate affected his theories? How might his own personal struggles and demons?

Essay Topic 2

In "The Alchemical Theater," the author uses another metaphor. Describe this metaphor as it applies to the theater.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the term "totemism." What does this word mean in the context of Artaud's vision of the theater?

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