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5 Matching questions

  1. Theater of the absurd
  2. box set
  3. Proscenium arch
  4. Slapstick comedy
  5. closet drama
  1. a Post WWII European genre depicting the grotesquely comic plight of human beings thrown by accident into an irrational and meaningless world. Ex. Samuel Beckett's "Wairing for Godot". ("A play about nothing" Jerry Seinfeld would say. LOL)
  2. b Separating the auditorium from the raised stage and the world of the play, the architectural picture from or gateway "standing in front of the scenery" in traditional European theaters from the 16th century on.
  3. c the illusion of scenic realsim for interior rooms was achieved in the early nine-teenth century with the develoment of this; consisting of three walls that joined in two corners and a ceiling that tilted as if seen in perspective.
  4. d a play or dramatic poem designed to be read aloud rather than performed.
  5. e A kind of farce, featuring pratfalls, pie throwing, fisticuffs, and other violent action. It takes its name originally from the slapstick carried by the main servant type.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The minstrels of the late Middle Ages. Originally, they were lyric poets living in southern France and northern Italy who sang to aristocratic audiences mostly of chivalry and love.
  2. an action that turns out to have the opposite effect from the one its doer had intended
  3. A form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending (usually marraige).
  4. A literary work aimed at amusing an audience. One of the basic modes of storytelling and can be adapted to most literary forms-from poetry to flim. Action often involves the adventures of young lovers, who face obstacles and complications that threaten disaster but are overturned at the last moment to produce a happy ending.
  5. 3 priniples of good drama laid down by Italian literary critics in 16th century in order to give it a cohesive & complete integrity: action, time, place.

5 True/False questions

  1. satyr playcauses hero's downfall; his error or transgression or his flaw or weakness of character.


  2. flexible theaterarena theater with rising tiers around a central open space


  3. paradoskatharsis; feeling of relief of pent-up emotions


  4. Plot construction waysexposition, foreshadowing, theme, symbolism, suspense, rising action, climax, denouement, falling action


  5. theater in the roundarena theater