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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When discussing poetry and myth, Grotowski cites the myth of _____ in "Theatre is an Encounter".
(a) Pandora.
(b) Aeschylus.
(c) Paris.
(d) Prometheus.

2. Where does the action of "Akropolis" take place in the text?
(a) A prison.
(b) A Cracow cathedral.
(c) A ship.
(d) A Spanish cathedral.

3. In "The Theatre's New Testament," Grotowski says, "The elaboration of artificiality is a question of _____ - sounds and gestures - which evoke associations in the psyche of the audience."
(a) Signals.
(b) Ideograms.
(c) Holograms.
(d) Archetypes.

4. What does Grotowski compare his work with actors to, as opposed to that of the artist or the scientist in "The Theatre's New Testament"?
(a) Shoemaker.
(b) Physician.
(c) Groomer.
(d) Musician.

5. What does Grotowski write that one must fight against when watching plays inspired by "Brecht theory?"
(a) Anger.
(b) Laughter.
(c) Tears.
(d) Boredom.

6. The two fundamental elements that define theatre to Grotowski are the actor and the _____.
(a) Director.
(b) Designer.
(c) Text.
(d) Audience.

7. What was the theory of the theatre, which was created by Artaud?
(a) Performance art.
(b) Alienation effect.
(c) Method Acting.
(d) Theatre of cruelty.

8. Who developed bio-mechanical training for the actor?
(a) Beckett.
(b) Stanislavski.
(c) Meyerhold.
(d) Brecht.

9. Grotowski writes in "He Wasn't Entirely Himself," that "like ____, Artaud knew of Emmanuel's coming, and what it promised."
(a) Kant.
(b) Abraham.
(c) Michael.
(d) Isaiah.

10. In Scene 2 of "Dr. Faustus", who announces that his master is about to die?
(a) Firentgar.
(b) Minion.
(c) Zygar.
(d) Wagner.

11. What does Grotowski refer to contemporary theatre, or "synthetic theatre" as in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1)?
(a) Artsy Theatre.
(b) Modern Theatre.
(c) Contemporary Theatre.
(d) Rich Theatre.

12. Who wrote "Akropolis"?
(a) Calderon.
(b) Grotowski.
(c) Kalidasa.
(d) Wyspianski.

13. "Akropolis: Treatment of the Text" was written by the literary adviser to The Laboratory, named _____.
(a) Ludwik Grotowski.
(b) Michael Sosnowski.
(c) Ludwik Flaszen.
(d) T.K. Wiewioroswki.

14. What does Grotowski define as "the ability to concentrate in a particular theatrical way and can be attained with a minimum of good-will"?
(a) Focus.
(b) Trance.
(c) Hypnosis.
(d) Connection.

15. Grotowski states in "Theatre is an Encounter" that the characters of the Odyssey are still actual because there are still _____.
(a) Warriors.
(b) Heroes.
(c) Pirates.
(d) Pilgrims.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the interview "The Theatre's New Testament" made?

2. Grotowski talks of catharsis in comparing how the audience feels for Creon versus _____.

3. What is the name of the Devil in "Dr. Faustus"?

4. Whose rhythm exercises does Grotowski find most important?

5. In "Dr Faustus: Textual Montage", it is written that the play is a dialectic between mockery and _____.

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