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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 "Theatre is an Encounter", that when we think of Chekhov, we think of his plays in whose style?

2. In "Dr Faustus: Textual Montage", it is written that the play is a dialectic between mockery and _____.

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

4. Who does Grotowski say theorized that the theatre should be a synthesis of all the arts?

5. In "He Wasn't Entirely Himself", Grotowski writes that _____ was compromised by his disciples.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where is "Akropolis" reset in Grotowski's production?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. How does Grotowski describe Artaud's theories in "He Wasn't Entirely Himself"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting, costuming, props, and actor-audience relationship in Grotowski's production of "Akropolis".

Essay Topic 2

Compare Grotowski's method of actor training to science and the Bohr Institute. What does Grotowski admire about the institute and why?

Essay Topic 3

Define the term "textual montage" and describe how this was used in "Dr. Faustus". What other textual adaptations did Grotowski make to the script, and why?

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