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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Grotowski states in "He Wasn't Entirely Himself" that the paradox of Artaud is that he presented no what?

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

3. Grotowski claims in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1) that his productions are detailed investigations of the _____ relationship.

4. Whom does Grotowski quote in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (Chapter 1) as saying, "Each technique leads to metaphysics"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the resetting of "Akropolis" change the central question of the play?

10. How is the audience situated in Grotowski's "Dr. Faustus"? How is the Devil portrayed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how and why Grotowski adapted "Akropolis" as he did. What effect did his adaptation produce?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Grotowski's position regarding the use of gimmicks, tricks, and typical skills established in most mainstream acting training.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the "courtesan actor" and the "holy actor." What is Grotowski's opinion of each and why?

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