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5 Matching questions

  1. fourth wall
  2. poetic realism
  3. Naturalism
  4. Bread and Puppet Theatre
  5. The Living Theatre
  1. a A famous twentieth-century experimental theatre using aesthetically radical techniques to shake up audiences about social and political issues; founded in 1946 by Julian Beck (1925-1985) and Judith Malina (b. 1926).
  2. b A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
  3. c An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
  4. d "Sordid Realism"; a style of theatrical design and acting whose goal is to imitate real life, including its seamy side. Also called "slice of life" theatre.
  5. e An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Features plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and a wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents. An innovation by Bertolt Brecht.
  2. A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
  3. A post-World War II philosophy that sees humans as being alone in the universe, without God, so they are entirely responsible for their destinies.
  4. Marked by surreal distortion and senseless danger; a term that comes from the way that Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) depicted the world.
  5. A design style or theatre genre in which a certain piece of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment.

5 True/False questions

  1. little theatre movementFeatures plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and a wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents. An innovation by Bertolt Brecht.

          

  2. DadaismA movement that was ignited by the atrocities of World War I and gained fame through staged performances designed to demonstrate the meaninglessness of life.

          

  3. problem playA play that expresses a social problem so that it can be remedied.

          

  4. box setCommonly used in realistic plays, a true-to-life interior containing a room or rooms with the fourth wall removed so that the audience feels they are looking in on the characters' private lives.

          

  5. absurdismAn avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.

          

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