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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. 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) Holograms.
(c) Archetypes.
(d) Ideograms.

2. Who developed a system of synthesis that Grotowski adopted for the actor?
(a) Kritinkov.
(b) Vakhtanghov.
(c) Chariknov.
(d) Vanslav.

3. What does Grotowski say "are always based on the transcendence of rules" in "Theatre is an Encounter"?
(a) Musicals.
(b) Masterpieces.
(c) Commercial successes.
(d) Failures.

4. What is at the core of theatre and performance, according to Grotowski in "Theatre is an Encounter"?
(a) The conflict.
(b) The encounter.
(c) The text.
(d) The beat.

5. Who is the author of "Akropolis"?
(a) Wyspianski.
(b) Chekhov.
(c) Wiewioroswki.
(d) Grotowski.

Short Answer Questions

1. The technique of the "courtesan actor" is _____.

2. To the average theatregoer, the theatre is first and foremost a what, according to Grotowski?

3. Whom is Faustus arguing with in the opening scene of Grotowski's production?

4. What color coat does the Prince wear in "The Constant Prince"?

5. What does Grotowski say that plays in book form should be called in "Theatre is an Encounter"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grotowski answer the interviewer in "The Theatre's New Testament" about the association of the Theatre Laboratory with science?

2. Describe the different "encounters" which take place in the theatre. What does "encounter" mean?

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

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

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

6. How did Grotowski develop the theories behind the "poor theatre" and the Theatre Laboratory?

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

8. How do Grotowski's theories play out in the performances of "The Constant Prince"?

9. What does Grotowski write in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1) regarding experimental theatre, gimmicks, and tricks?

10. What reward can the "holy" actor hope to achieve for his work?

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