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

2. Who played the role of the Constant Prince in Grotowski's production of "The Constant Prince"?
(a) Rena Mirecka.
(b) Ryszard Cieslak.
(c) Antoni Jaholkowski.
(d) Stanislaw Scierski.

3. What act and scene in the original script of "Dr. Faustus" does Grotowski's version begin with?
(a) Act 5, Scene 1.
(b) Act 5, Scene 2.
(c) Act 3, Scene 1.
(d) Act 4, Scene 3.

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) Groomer.
(b) Musician.
(c) Physician.
(d) Shoemaker.

5. In Scene 4 of "Dr. Faustus", Faustus describes his struggle between theology and magic as represented by an owl and a _____.
(a) Donkey.
(b) Canary.
(c) Monkey.
(d) Wolf.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long in the play "Dr. Faustus" does Faustus have to live before his martyrdom of hell?

2. Grotowski's "holy actor" does not sell his body but _____ .

3. Whom does the Angel struggle with in "Akropolis"?

4. What form of theatre is based around improvised scenarios, which Grotowski cites in "The Theatre's New Testament"?

5. What is the name of the institute discussed in "Methodical Exploration"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Grotowski adapt the text of "Dr. Faustus" from the original script?

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

3. Describe the comparison of the Laboratory to the Bohr Institute.

4. How does Grotowski's "Dr. Faustus" end?

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

6. How is Dr. Faustus considered a saint and martyr in the play produced by Grotowski?

7. 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?

8. Describe the critical review of "The Constant Prince" from the text.

9. Describe the set, props, and audience location in "Akropolis".

10. What does Grotowski assert was Artaud's greatest contribution to the theatre?

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