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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. What does Grotowski begin with in "Actor's Training (1966)"?

2. Grotowski states in "Skara Speech" that if you do not fix your imaginary partner in a precise place your reactions will ______.

3. One of the greatest dangers for the actor is _____ according to Grotowski in "The Actor's Technique".

4. Grotowski says in "Skara Speech" that the "whole secret" is "Stimulations, impulses, and _____."

5. How long was the course that Grotowski taught in America for "American Encounter"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are resonators? Where are they in the body?

2. How does Grotowski describe a "score" in "The Actor's Technique"?

3. What exercises take place second in "Actor's Training (1966)"?

4. How does Grotowski's technique differ from the theorists he mentions in "The Actor's Technique"?

5. What differences are there between the earlier exercises and "Actor's Training (1966)"?

6. Describe briefly the "plastic" exercises from "Actor's Training (1959 - 1962)".

7. What advice does Grotowski give to the actors in the ending of "Actor's Training (1966)"?

8. What question is asked of Grotowski regarding silence in "American Encounter"? What is his response?

9. When asked of the evolution of his technique in "American Encounter", how does Grotowski explain?

10. What different types of breath are there? What is the importance of breath in the actor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the production elements of "Dr. Faustus". How were the actor's costumed? What was the setting? Where was the audience? What effect did this create?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the differences between "rich theatre" and "poor theatre." What does each of these refer to?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the entire repertoire of exercises in Grotowski's work from 1959-1962. What are the major categories of exercises? What are their purposes? *

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