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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Grotowski claim to feel when asked, "What is the origin of your experimental theatre productions?"
(a) Impatient.
(b) Hesitant.
(c) Eager.
(d) Happy.

3. The word "actress" and _____ were once synonymous.
(a) Clown.
(b) Chorus.
(c) Courtesan.
(d) Mime.

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

5. What does the phrase, "Primum non nocere" mean?
(a) First, do not harm.
(b) Always at night.
(c) Harm is epidemic.
(d) Black as night.

6. What color coat does the Prince wear in "The Constant Prince"?
(a) Yellow.
(b) White.
(c) Red.
(d) Blue.

7. When was the interview "The Theatre's New Testament" made?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1980.

8. What does Grotowski define as "not a collection of skills but an eradication of blocks?"
(a) Resistance training.
(b) Der negate.
(c) Via negativa.
(d) The Method.

9. Grotowski talks of catharsis in comparing how the audience feels for Creon versus _____.
(a) Athena.
(b) Oedipus.
(c) Antigone.
(d) Pandora.

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

11. Grotowski states in "He Wasn't Entirely Himself" that the paradox of Artaud is that he presented no what?
(a) Questions.
(b) Ideal.
(c) Method.
(d) Theories.

12. What does Grotowski say is as important in the education of the actor as it is to a pianist or dancer?
(a) Looks.
(b) Talent.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Age.

13. In Scene 5 of Grotowski's "Dr. Faustus", Faustus talks to Cornelius and _____.
(a) Valdes.
(b) Cyans.
(c) Minese.
(d) Orestes.

14. What does Grotowski say that plays in book form should be called in "Theatre is an Encounter"?
(a) Encounter.
(b) Theatre.
(c) Dramatic literature.
(d) Mise en scène.

15. Who conducted the interview for "Theatre is an Encounter"?
(a) Naim Kattan.
(b) Sarah Sondheim.
(c) Denis Barbet.
(d) Mark Pintio.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Grotowski say that he and his actors are trying to avoid in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1)?

3. The two fundamental elements that define theatre to Grotowski are the actor and the _____.

4. What does Grotowski write that one must fight against when watching plays inspired by "Brecht theory?"

5. What is the term for Brecht's "alienation effect"?

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