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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. What form of theatre is based around improvised scenarios, which Grotowski cites in "The Theatre's New Testament"?
(a) Greek theatre.
(b) Commedia dell'Arte.
(c) Mime.
(d) Performance art.

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

3. Whose rhythm exercises does Grotowski find most important?
(a) Dullin's.
(b) Stanislavski's.
(c) Delsarte's.
(d) Brecht's.

4. In "The Theatre's New Testament", Grotowski asserts that the work at The Laboratory has nothing to do with _____.
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Aesthetics.
(c) Art.
(d) Science.

5. Whose work on "physical actions" is incorporated into Grotowski's system?
(a) Brecht's.
(b) Stanislavski's.
(c) Artaud's.
(d) Dullin's.

Short Answer Questions

1. Grotowski writes in "He Wasn't Entirely Himself," that "like ____, Artaud knew of Emmanuel's coming, and what it promised."

2. Whose investigations of extroversive and introversive reactions are incorporated into Grotowski's system?

3. Where does the action of "Akropolis" take place in the text?

4. Who does Grotowski say asked the key methodological questions of acting in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1)?

5. In Scene 4 of "Dr. Faustus", Faustus describes his struggle between theology and magic as represented by an owl and a _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways does Grotowski describe the actor as one who sacrifices in "The Theatre's New Testament"?

2. Describe the costumes of "Akropolis". What do they contribute to the play's interpretation?

3. What are some of the different meanings of "theatre" in "The Theatre's New Testament"?

4. How does Grotowski reinterpret the theme of "Dr. Faustus"?

5. What does Grotowski write of the "life-mask" in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1)?

6. How does Grotowski describe the training at the Theatre Laboratory? What kind of actors does it produce?

7. How is the staging and costuming arranged in "The Constant Prince"?

8. How does Grotowski clarify the role of the written text in his theatre?

9. Describe what "trance" and "excess" are as described in "The Theatre's New Testament."

10. In Chapter 1, "Towards a Poor Theatre", what does Grotowski assert is at the core of his theory on the theatre? Whom are his influences?

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