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295 terms · Theatre Final

Theatre is driven by a human need to
A) comprehend the world B) examine the world
C) challenge the world D) all of the above

D

When considering theatrical conventions throughout history, one must think of them as
A) ever evolving B) fixed C) universal D) invisible

A

The combined effect of theatrical conventions working together is ________, the manner in
which a performance depicts the world.
A) style B) farce C) convention D) history

A

Ira Aldridge worked professionally in Europe because of the lack of opportunities for African
Americans in the United States during what century?
A) Seventeenth B) Eighteenth C) Nineteenth D) Twentieth

C

________ is an example of a theatrical form that has remained largely unchanged from its
original form in the 14th century.
A) Noh B) Kabuki C) Bunraku D) Taʹziyeh

A

Which of the following is NOT a universal, applicable to all theatre everywhere?
A) Theatre is live. B) Theatre is ephemeral.
C) Theatre is collaborative. D) Theatre is written.

D

The only thing that is absolutely necessary to create a piece of theatre is
A) an actor/performer and an audience B) a design
C) a written text D) sound

A

Theatrical conventions regulate
A) how the actors will move
B) the form and content of the theatrical event
C) how the audience will behave
D) all of the above

D

Postmodernism questions
A) old values and assumed truths
B) whether the canon exists, and if it does, what it should include
C) the divisions between ʺhigh artʺ and ʺlow artʺ
D) all of the above

D

Postmodernism is marked by:
A) a borrowing of styles B) a political intent
C) A and B D) none of the above

C

Once all politics was ________. Now all politics is ________.
A) local; commercial. B) local; national.
C) local; global. D) national; international.

C

Detractors of multiculturalism argue that it can lead to a more ________ theatre community
A) segregated B) amateur C) profitable D) commercial

A

The blending of traditions from various cultures is called
A) postcolonialism B) interculturalism
C) multiculturalism D) Orientalism

B

Orientalism demonstrates a western ________ of Asian forms.
A) misunderstanding B) exoticizing
C) appropriation D) all of the above

D

Positive consequences of globalization are
A) increased exposure to diverse theatrical forms
B) the enforced socioeconomic structures on less modernized societies
C) the spread of capitalism

A

When postcolonial theorists speak of hybridity, they are examining the dilemma of artists in
former colonies who
A) seek to understand their own cultural heritage and the impact of colonial rule on their
traditions and self-image
B) desire the return to their colonial status
C) seek to embrace fully the European theatrical traditions
D) seek to abandon fully the European theatrical traditions in favor of local performance
styles

A

________ calls for a respect for neighboring cultures living under the same political system.
A) Interculturalism B) Postcolonialism
C) Multiculturalism D) Orientalism

C

________ is an African writer who integrates African and European theatrical forms
A) Wole Soyinka B) Chinua Achebe
C) Ariane Mnouchkine D) Julie Taymor

A

Eve Enslerʹs 1996 solo performance piece was called
A) The Vagina Monologues B) Penis Envy
C) Body Talk D) The Cult of Beauty

A

Bertolt Brechtʹs concept of acting in theatre was partly shaped by his borrowing and
misunderstanding of
A) Chinese opera B) Japanese noh C) Balinese dance D) French mime

A

Dionysus was the Greek god of
A) wine and fertility B) debate and rhetoric
C) politics D) health

A

The capacity to identify emotionally with the characters on the stage is
A) sympathy B) immediacy C) empathy D) hypocrisy

C

The Astor Place Riots centered around the rivalry between which two actors?
A) William Charles Macready and Edwin Booth
B) Edwin Booth and John Kemble
C) William Charles Macready and Edwin Forrest
D) Edwin Forrest and Edwin Booth

C

The rise of the passive theatre audience is generally associated with the rise of what theatrical
style?
A) melodrama B) commedia dellʹarte
C) opera D) realis

D

The name ʺagit-propʺ theatre comes from what two terms?
A) agitation and propaganda B) aggression and propaganda
C) agitation and propulsion D) aggression and participation

A

Which of the following groups used or employed agit-prop theatre?
A) Red Megaphones B) Teatro Campesino
C) San Francisco Mime Troupe D) all of the above

B

Bertolt Brecht built on the work of which German director?
A) Piscator B) Reinhardt C) Jessner D) Wagner

A

Verfremdungseffeckt or alienation effect most commonly refers to
A) empathy in excess B) lack of judgment
C) emotional distancing D) free will

C

Brechtʹs alienation effect was most often achieved through
A) utilitarian lighting B) placards
C) direct address to the audience D) all of the above

D

Augusto Boalʹs Theatre of the Oppressed is primarily concerned with ________ the separation
between actors and audience
A) destroying B) sustaining C) strengthening D) designing

A

Which of the following is NOT a theatrical strategy in Boalʹs Theatre of the Oppressed?
A) Forum theatre B) Invisible theatre
C) Familial theatre D) Legislative theatre

C

The Living Theatre was known for its
A) politically engaged theatre B) superb opera adaptations
C) apolitical stance D) none of the above

A

Which is believed to be a source of theatre?
A) religious ritual B) storytelling
C) dance D) all of the above

D

Amiri Barakaʹs Slave Ship, produced by the Free Southern Theatre in 1968 was notable for
A) its use of song
B) the division of the audience along racial lines
C) its choice of setting
D) the color blind casting
Answer: B

B

Compared with film and television, the theatre audience member has ________ autonomy to
choose their focus
A) more B) less
C) the same D) does not apply

A

Aesthetic distance enables the audience to
A) observe a work of art with detachment and objectivity
B) immerse themselves emotionally in the world of the play
C) purge their own aggressive desires through art and enactment
D) A and C

D

Most western theatre expects the audience to
A) react vociferously B) sit passively
C) eat and drink during the performance D) none of the above

B

The Living Theatre, Reverend Billy and Augusto Boal rely primarily on what type of
audience?
A) passive B) participatory C) conservative D) segregated

B

Over time innovations can become
A) conventions B) mainstream
C) accepted D) all of the above

D

Audience members filter their theatre experiences through
A) their personal histories B) their values
C) their cultural biases D) all of the above

D

All of the events that happen or are mentioned in the text of a play is the
A) story B) plot C) exposition D) design

A

The ordering or structuring of the events that actually take place on stage is
A) the exposition B) the story C) the plot D) the design

C

Playwrights use the plot to
A) create dramatic tension B) develop conflict
C) define characters D) all of the above

D

Scholars generally assert that ________ was the first person to devise a method of dramatic
analysis.
A) Plato B) Socrates C) Herodotus D) Aristotle

D

We can think of climactic structure as ________ in scope, while episodic structure is ________.
A) particular; general B) constrictive; expansive
C) general; particular D) expansive; constrictive

B

In climatic structure, the point of attack generally occurs ________ in the story.
A) late B) early C) in the middle D) nowhere

A

Which of the following lines of text or stage direction reveals exposition?
A) ʺWhich is the way to the store?ʺ
B) ʺ I remember when I first met her. It was Christmas and she had just returned home from
school.ʺ
C) (Enter stage right)
D) ʺYou canʹt possibly mean what you say.ʺ

B

Moliereʹs choice of ending his play Tartuffe with an emissary from the King resolving
everything is an example of
A) complication B) exposition
C) denouement D) deus ex machina

D

Frenchmen Augustin-Eugene Scribe and Victorien Sardou are known as the creators of the
A) pastiche B) serial structure
C) well-made play D) melodrama

C

A Dollʹs House and Ghosts are famous manipulations of what dramatic structure?
A) the well-made play B) the melodrama
C) the classical tragedy D) the vaudeville

A

The Bald Soprano is an example of what type of dramatic structure?
A) circular B) climactic C) episodic D) serial

A

American vaudeville has relied on ________ structure to present various performers and acts
on the same bill
A) climactic B) circular C) serial D) episodic

C

The lead role or main character in a play is the
A) antagonist B) archetype
C) stock character D) protagonist

D

________ characters are extraordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances, and their
actions loom larger than their circumstances.
A) Circumstantial B) Stock
C) Archetypal D) Psychological

C

________ characters are representative of a type and are defined by externals rather than their
individual characteristics.
A) Psychological B) Stock C) Contemporary D) Archetypal

B

The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of text is referred to as
A) tone B) mood C) sound D) meter

D

ʺ Sally sells sea shells ʺis an example of
A) assonance B) alliteration C) meter D) onomatopoeia

B

ʺBzzzzzzzzʺ is an example of
A) alliteration B) assonance C) onomatopoeia D) meter

C

The plays of Bertolt Brecht might best be described as following what type of dramatic
structure?
A) episodic structure B) climactic structure
C) serial structure D) circular structure

A

Which of the following most closely resembles the correct progression of events in a
climactically structured play?
A) point of attack, complication, exposition, crisis, climax, denouement
B) point of attack, exposition, complication, crisis, climax, denouement
C) exposition, complication, point of attack, crisis, denouement, climax
D) exposition, point of attack, crisis, complication, denouement, climax

B

Aristotleʹs written thesis on tragedy is called
A) The Republic B) Oedipus Tyrannus
C) Antigone D) Poetics

D

According to Aristotle, tragedy should cause ________ and ________ in the audience,
underscoring the moral lesson of tragedy.
A) love; pride B) pity; fear
C) terror; contemplation D) fear; loathing

B

We have extant tragedies by which Roman tragic playwright?
A) Seneca B) Plautus C) Sophocles D) Aeschylus

A

Who is NOT an Elizabethan playwright?
A) William Shakespeare B) Christopher Marlowe
C) Pierre Corneille D) John Webster

C

Neoclassical tragedy is generally marked by an adherence to what elements?
A) climactic structure B) verisimilitude
C) the unities D) all of the above

D

Which of the following forms of tragedy generally employs a chorus?
A) Jacobean tragedy B) Neoclassical tragedy
C) Elizabethan plays D) Greek tragedy

D

The ________ believed in a chain of being with God presiding over a hierarchy from the angels
down to the lowest inanimate objects.
A) medieval world B) Greeks
C) A and D D) Elizabethan

C

Tragedy and the Common Man was written by
A) Tennessee Williams B) Arthur Miller
C) Thorton Wilder D) William Inge

B

________ was a celebrated Greek comic playwright of the 5th century BC.
A) Aristophanes B) Plautus C) Sophocles D) Terrence

A

________ is the exaggerated imitation of individuals or artistic styles to make them appear
ludicrous.
A) Hilarity B) Satire C) Parody D) Irony

C

________ humour, identified by pratfalls, collisions and comic beatings, is named after a
commonly used prop--two long pieces of wood fastened together that make noise when used.
A) Slapstick B) Sideboard C) Bangboard D) Breakstick

A

Satire is always
A) topical B) corrective
C) pointed D) all of the above

D

Moliere is usually credited as the inventor of which dramatic genre?
A) Farce B) Comedy of Manners
C) Romantic Comedy D) Situation Comedy

B

Comedies of ideas are generally used to describe the plays of
A) George Bernard Shaw B) Plautus
C) Victorien Sardou D) William Congreve

A

Anton Chekhovʹs plays can best be described as
A) comedies of manners B) melodramas
C) tragicomedies D) comedies of ideas

C

The genre that most unapologetically appeals to our emotions and love of spectacle is
A) farce B) melodrama
C) comedy of manners D) existentialism

B

The most popular American melodrama of all time is
A) The Poor of New York B) Uncle Tomʹs Cabin
C) The Streets of London D) The Robbers

B

The characters in melodramas are notable for
A) their complexity B) their conflicted nature
C) their simplicity D) none of the above

C

Which is a function of comedy?
A) reknitting of the social fabric by first showing its unraveling
B) showing the audience life as it is
C) pointing out the flaws of man
D) all of the above

D

Morality plays, passion plays and miracle plays are most often associated with which
tradition?
A) French Neoclassiciam B) European medieval theatre
C) 5th century Greece D) Sturm und Drang

B

The Natyasastra is an extant manuscript from which theatrical tradition?
A) commedia dellʹarte B) Indian sanskrit drama
C) noh theatre D) kabuki

B

Commedia dellʹarte is known for having:
A) masked performers
B) improvised, intensely physical performances
C) stock characters
D) all of the above

D

The Natyasastra describes
A) how actors should move their eyes and limbs to convey emotion
B) the ideal spectator
C) types of performance spaces
D) all of the above

D

Japanʹs noh theatre catered primarily to
A) the merchant class B) the samurai court
C) popular audiences D) all of the above

B

The main character or shite of noh play is often
A) a priest B) a chorus member
C) a spirit returning from the dead D) an animal

C

In Chinese opera, makeup and costume can express
A) a characterʹs gender B) a characterʹs temperament
C) a characterʹs role type D) all of the above

D

What is a shared characteristic of noh theatre and kabuki?
A) The set is bare.
B) They date from the same century.
C) They are both subtle and introverted art forms.
D) All of the actors are male.

D

Dan, sheng, chou and jing are the four basic role types in what performance tradition?
A) Chinese opera B) kathakali C) noh D) kabuki

A

Carnival comes from the latin ʺcarne valeʺ which is translated as
A) farewell meat B) joyous time
C) farewell sadness D) feast of friends

A

Carnival traditionally celebrates
A) the monarchy B) freedom
C) celibacy D) military victory

B

Dream on Monkey Mountain, which incorporates elements of carnival, was written by West
Indian playwright
A) Wole Soyinka B) Julie Taymor C) Derek Walcott D) Zeami

C

The zarzuela is an example of a tradition that
A) died out
B) has been passed on from one generation to the next as a complete performance
C) traveled throughout the world through colonization and immigration
D) all of the above

C

Kabuki originally catered primarily to ________, which accounts for its interest in novelty.
A) the merchant class B) the samurai court
C) peasant audiences D) all of the above

A

Kyogen is
A) a comic counterpart to the noh theatre B) features comic servants and masters
C) has only survived in written texts D) A and B

A

Before China absorbed Western influence in the twentieth century, all Chinese theatre was
A) sung B) masked
C) performed outside D) in the style of ʺrealismʺ

A

Pantalone, Capitano, Dottore and Arlecchino are stock characters in
A) Chinese opera B) kathakali
C) commedia dellʹarte D) kabuki

C

Which of the following is NOT true of noh theatre?
A) A few pages of text can take hours to perform.
B) Primary and secondary roles are referred to as shite and waki roles.
C) Noh actors never retire.
D) The stage is highly decorated.

D

In all kabuki plays mimes are known as
A) the high points B) the low points
C) the exposition D) none of the above

A

The Chinese opera performer Mei Lanfang
A) performed womenʹs roles
B) revitalized Chinese opera in China with new repertory and techniques
C) introduced Chinese opera to Westerners
D) all of the above

D

Commedia dellʹarte, puppetry, carnival, and kabuki all share a privileging of
A) a performance tradition over a written tradition
B) ornate stage design over a bare stage
C) female performers over male performers
D) specific characters over types

A

Similar to the sketches in commedia dellʹarte, the bhavai traveling players of India perform
veshas that are
A) rehearsed at length B) recited from memory
C) improvised D) sung

C

Joseph Chaikinʹs Open Theatre, Peter Brookʹs International Center for Theatre Research are
similar in their search for a new system of theatrical language based on
A) music and light B) sound and movement
C) light and movement D) film and video

B

The Open Theatreʹs production of Terminal is an example of a script created by
A) collaboration B) a single author
C) the audience D) the director

A

The Laramie Project, about the events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard, was
created primarily through
A) interviews conducted by the actors with members of community of Laramie, Wyoming
B) improvisation
C) the journals of Matthew Shepard
D) none of the above

A

Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux, Jean-Louis Barrault and Jacques Lecoq belong to what
performance tradition?
A) opera B) mime
C) musical theatre D) dance

B

The form of mime that simulates the imaginary appearance of objects is
A) farce B) commedia dellʹarte
C) statuary mime D) illusionary mime

D

Concert parties are a form of variety entertainment in certain parts of ________.
A) Western Europe B) Asia
C) Africa D) North America

C

The concert party clown is an interesting borrowing and re-claiming of what offensive
performance style?
A) the minstrel show B) the vaudeville
C) the burlesque D) the pantomime

A

A popular form of entertainment revue in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century, with
bawdy humor and striptease was
A) the variety show B) vaudeville
C) the minstrel show D) burlesque

D

Which of the following can be a theatrical text?
A) a musical score B) a play script
C) movement notations D) all of the above

D

Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box were performance pieces by Spalding Gray, who
pioneered the form of
A) musical theatre B) solo performance
C) illusionary mime D) futurist performance

B

The term ʺavant gardeʺ originally comes from the military and refers to
A) artists who rebel against tradition B) artists who follow convention
C) artists who research history D) artists who reflect popular taste

A

Tim Miller, Karen Finley, Holly Hughes and Shazia Mirza are all solo performance artists
whose work challenges the audiences preconceived notions about
A) gender B) sexuality
C) politics D) all of the above

D

Actual primary sources become the text for a performance in
A) reality television B) documentary theatre
C) futurist performance D) vaudeville

B

The work of solo artists like Eve Ensler and Anna Deveare Smith are in the category of
A) docudrama B) burlesque
C) religious drama D) futurist performance

A

An early docudrama was
A) The Living Newspapers B) mystery plays
C) commedia dellʹarte D) The Mahabharata

A

Operetta was in many ways the forerunner of what contemporary entertainment?
A) poetry slam B) musical theatre
C) ballroom dancing D) opera

B

In general, opera has ________ spoken dialogue than operettas.
A) less B) more
C) the same amount of D) does not apply

A

Operetta always deals with ________ subjects
A) religious B) political C) serious D) lighthearted

D

What 1920s American musical was noteworthy for its daring examination of race and
antimiscegenation laws?
A) West Side Story B) Showboat C) South Pacific D) The King and I

B

The story of Parmenonʹs sow illustrates what point about acting?
A) empathy B) the thrill of live animals on stage
C) the thrill of simulation D) professional jealousy

C

Aristotle wrote that imitation was a ________ and ________ human activity
A) necessary; pleasurable B) frivolous; dangerous
C) evil; dangerous D) instinctive; amoral

A

Which of the following is a universal quality of acting?
A) energy B) enlargement
C) focus D) all of the above

D

Focused stage energy creates the quality known as
A) stage placement B) stage acting
C) stage direction D) stage presence

D

The shape a performance, the changing rhythm and tempo in line delivery is the quality
known as
A) dynamics B) enlargement
C) transformation D) focus

A

What does it mean to say that actors were once hired to play a particular line of business?
A) hired to play at a particular theatre B) hired to play a particular type
C) hired to play a particular time of year D) hired to play at a certain pay scale

B

What a culture sees as believable acting is determined by
A) the director B) the playwright
C) culturally determined conventions D) the actor

C

Francois Delsarte attempted to create a method actor training based on
A) emotional recall
B) set physical and facial expressions for each emotion
C) psychology
D) none of the above

B

The Ecole du Vieux Colombier offered an acting curriculum that studied
A) Asian performance traditions B) circus and mask work
C) texts and design D) all of the above

D

________ is/are what Stanislavski referred to as the series of conditions for each character in a
play.
A) Given circumstances B) Concentration of attention
C) Emotional recall D) Psychophysical actions

A

According to Stanislavski characters must always have
A) a prop B) an objective C) an emotion D) a beat

B

Women were banned from the stage in many eras and places because acting was seen as
A) immoral B) offensive
C) profane D) all of the above

D

Representational acting refers to
A) acting based on ritualistic, choreographed movements that tell a story
B) acting without a prepared text
C) an openly artificial reproduction of emotion in a heightened theatrical style
D) acting whereby one attempts to truly portray the characterʹs emotions

D

The Paradox of the Actor by Denis Diderot is a discussion of what?
A) the importance of the actor over the playwright
B) the dual consciousness of the actor
C) the need for women to be allowed onstage
D) the actor as amoral member of society

B

The part of Stanislavskiʹs training that remains controversial to this day is
A) concentration of attention B) magic if
C) emotional memory or emotional recall D) given circumstances

C

A physical training system for efficient and expressive movement in the theatre, developed by
Vsevolod Meyerhold was
A) biomechanics B) psychophysical action
C) centering D) plastiques

A

The Alexander technique focuses primarily on the efficient use of the body through
A) dance B) memory
C) spatial awareness D) alignment

D

Since the 1960s and 70s there has been a move ________ physical training in actor training
programs
A) towards much B) away from
C) towards a little D) does not apply

A

While part of being an actor is going on ________, smaller numbers get a ________.
A) auditions; class B) auditions; call back
C) call backs; audition D) acting companies; repertory

B

Noh training requires
A) respect for elders B) many hours of rehearsal
C) memorization of forms D) all of the above

D

On opening night, the directorʹs work becomes the primary responsibility of ________.
A) the playwright B) the designer
C) the actor D) the stage manager

D

In ancient Greece, the organizational role of the director was the responsibility of the
A) chorus B) playwright C) actor D) priest

B

________ refers to the portions of the play actors would receive, portions that only contained
their lines and immediate cues.
A) Texts B) Sides C) Halves D) Quarters

B

The Duke of ________ brought the idea of detailed visual unity in production to new heights
with his historically accurate, expensive productions.
A) Germany B) Bayreuth
C) Saxe-Meiningen D) Weimar

C

Andre Antoine, famous for recreating his charactersʹ environment onstage, did which of the
following?
A) cast amateur actors
B) arranged the stage furniture as one would find it in real life
C) attempted to present a naturalistic acting style
D) all of the above

D

Which is a consideration for the director in choosing a text?
A) availability and ability of particular actor
B) budget and working conditions
C) the theatrical space
D) all of the above

D

What is the role of the dramaturg in the rehearsal process?
A) provide additional research and interpretive ideas that will help shape the directorʹs
vision
B) measure the actors for costumes
C) rewrite scenes that donʹt initially work
D) assist in the implementation of the set design

A

The time when the director walks through the technical aspects of the production with the
designers and staff is called
A) a paper tech B) blocking C) casting D) previews

A

Some directors follow Stanislavskiʹs principles and formulate a ________, or superobjective for
a play.
A) brain B) nerve C) spine D) arc

C

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