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  • The dithyramb was
    a long hymn, sung and danced by a group of fifty men
  • A tetralogy
    three tragedies and a satyr play, a set of plays by the same dramatist & the feature of three days of the festival
  • What are the six elements of theatre Aristotle described in The Poetics?
    Plot, Character, Thought, Music, Spectacle & Diction
  • A play noted for its superb plot construction, skillful introduction of characters, swift build to the climax, beautiful poetry, use of a third actor, and a fifteen person chorus was probably written by
    Sophocles
  • Old Comedy introduced episodes into the structure of the play that called for a debate between the opposing forces of argument. Such an episode is called the
    agon
  • The crane that lifted an actor down from "heaven" was called a/an
    mechane
  • New Comedies are different from Old Comedies in that they
    are not political satire, use the chorus less, are more realistic & are about everyday life
  • Because of the style of his Latin and the moral tone of his plays, the following playwright's work was used as a literary model in medieval convents and monasteries and in Renaissance schools.
    Terence
  • The "scaena frons"
    the facade of the scaena, or stage house; was elaborate and ornate with statuary, columns, recesses, and three to five entrances
  • The Romans used scenic curtains called the
    "auleum" and the "siparium"
  • The "naumachiae" were
    sea battles sometimes staged in flooded arenas
  • Pantomime
    required a principal dancer, an assistant, a chorus, and a musical accompanist; can be compared to ballet; has a chorus who chanted the narrative and explained the action; was supported by emperors and wealthy individuals
  • The idea that spectators surrender themselves to a dramatic situation corresponding to some powerful feeling that they themselves possess is called
    "rasa"
  • The main character in "no" who wears a mask is
    "shite"
  • In "bunraku" the puppets are manipulated by how many people?
    three
  • What was the term for an extended form of musical passage that was often call and response?
    trope
  • What was the term for plays written in local languages such as Italian, French, Spanish, or English?
    vernacular
  • The basic spacial elements used to stage liturgical dramas within the church were
    the mansion and the platea
  • Cycle plays
    were written in the vernacular and performed outside; appealed to large audiences and popular tastes; sometimes included anachronism, included comedic scenes
  • Theatrical pieces staged between the courses of a banquet in a banqueting hall were called
    interludes
  • In commedia, when Capitano got entangled with his sword so that it emerged from between his legs as a ludicrous phallic symbol, he was performing a
    lazzo
  • The three areas of the audience seating in an opera house were called the
    pit, boxes, and galleries
  • This system, introduced by Aleotti, allowed a new set of wings and shutters to be revealed immediately to the audience
    groove system
  • The neoclassical idea that characters should behave in certain ways is called
    decorum
  • The neoclassical idea that all drama should be "true to life" is called
    verisimilitude
  • A play with a subplot violates the unity of
    action
  • The invention of the Gutenberg press inhibited the spread of literature from the past and humanism.
    False
  • Which of these common aspects of Elizabethan drama adhered to neoclassical rules?
    none of the above
  • Elizabethan drama changed locale between scenes by
    using "spoken decor"
  • The two companies that held a duopoly on theatre production were
    Lord Chamberlain's Men & Admiral's Men
  • Elizabethan theatre companies were organized under a sharing plan, which included
    shareholders, hirelings, and apprentices
  • Shakespeare was most closely affiliated with the Admiral's Men as both a playwright and actor
    False
  • Audiences at public theatre were in the pit (or yard) standing around the stage; in the boxes, which were divided areas on the first tier, sometimes called the lords' rooms because they were frequented by wealthy people; or the galleries, or the higher tiers of boxes that were undivided.
    True
  • Renaissance theatre arrived later in France than other countries in Europe because
    France experienced a civil war between Catholics and Protestants
  • The first permanent theatre in France (and maybe all of Europe after the fall of Rome) was the
    Hotel de Bourgogne
  • One form that emerged due to Catherine de Medici's tastes during the 16th Century in France was
    court entertainments such as festivals, court spectacles, and triumphal parades
  • This author of The Cid faced judgement from the French Academy and Cardinal Richelieu
    Pierre Corneille
  • The playwright incorporated neoclassical ideas better than any other French playwright of the period and had an extraordinary ability to create dramatic tension through concentration, characterization, and compressing dramatic action
    Jean Racine
  • A play written in rhyming couplets, in neoclassical form, with witty and comic dialogue and with characters resembling those in commedia dell'arte was probably written by
    Moliere
  • The play Tartuffe caused a controversy because
    None of the above.
  • Ballets d'entrees were
    a form of ballet that became popular at the court of Louis XIV; so technically elementary that the king himself took part in many of them; had many characters that entered the stage--hence the name
  • The Hotel de Bourgogne
    was a long and narrow building with a platform stage at one end; had a parterre for standing spectators, had loges and undivided galleries around the side and back walls; had Paradis along the side walls
  • This theatre was erected by Cardinal Richelieu, was the first proscenium arch theatre in France, and had Italianate scene shifting imagery
    Palais-Royal
  • This theatre housed the French national theatre and had a horseshoe shaped construction
    Comedie-Francaise
  • In 1673 there were five government supported companies in Paris:
    the Opera, the Italian commedia dell'arte troupe, the Hotel de Bourgogne company, the Theatre du Marais company, and the troupe led by Moliere
  • The Comedie-Francaise was organized under the sharing plan in which shares in the company were granted to its leading members, and those who were responsible for the company policy, including the selection of plays. These people were called
    societaires
  • In the last half of the 17th century, many of the leading performers were associated with ________, who was a superb comic performer himself.
    Moliere
  • The finest tragic French actor of the late 17th century, noted for his less stilted, more natural acting style was
    Michel Baron
  • Actress Armande Bejart was known for
    her training by and marriage to Moliere; her lively and charming stage manner, and excellent singing and dancing; the many roles she originated in Moliere's plays
  • Restoration theatre refers to theatre during
    the reign of Charles II and James II; 1660-1700; the reign of William & Mary
  • This kind of drama was short versions of full-length plays, usually comedies, that were performed while theatre was outlawed during the Commonwealth
    drolls
  • William Davenant, who had been a court playwright before the closing of the theatre, as able to circumvent the ordinances against theatre by
    calling them musical entertainments; staging them in his home
  • Which of the following happened when theatrical activity resumed during the Restoration
    actresses onstage
  • This playwright and theatre producer worked with Inigo Jones on court masques, became poet laureate, and wrote the first English opera
    William Davenant
  • This form of drama was popular between 1600 and 1675, dealt with extraordinary characters who undertook extraordinary deeds, and contained themes of love and honor reminiscent of the dramas of the Spanish golden age and the French neoclassical era
    heroic tragedy
  • Aphra Behn is best known for her
    plays of intrigue
  • This form of drama was the most popular in this period, and is characterized by the way it pokes fun at the fashions and foibles of the upper class with witty exchanges, repartee, and sexually suggestive references
    comedies of manners
  • The three "female wits" were
    Mary Pix, Catherine Trotter, and Delariviere Manley
  • In which ways did Jeremy Collier's A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage change Restoration theatre?
    the sexual content of plays was toned down; morality was stressed
  • Nell Gwynn was known for her
    singing and dancing; breeches roles; affair with Charles II
  • Restoration actors worked under
    a contract system
  • How did playwrights make money for their plays during the Restoration?
    none of the above
  • Restoration costuming was
    mostly contemporary clothing
  • Thomas Killigrew and William Wycherley had the two licenses from Charles II to produce theatre
    false
  • Davenant's The Siege of Rhodes is considered the first English opera and the first production in which actresses appeared onstage
    True
  • Aphra Behn's plays were exceptional for their licentciousness, a trait not seen in many Restoration comedies
    False
  • Financial success was possible for actresses, but they were often seen as no better than prostitutes and were frequently coerced into sexual liaisons with other company members or with wealthy audience members
    True
  • One way that companies got around the 1737 Licensing Act was to say that they were presenting "tragedy, comedy, opera, play, farce, or other entertainment for the stage for gain, hire, or reward"
    True
  • This type of drama is characterized by a rejection of the neoclassical requirement of royal protagonists and by plots focused on bourgeois family concerns that rewarded the virtuous and punished the wicked
    middle class tragedy
  • The idea that the audience views a play through an invisible wall and that audience and performer should not acknowledge each other's presence is called
    the "fourth wall"
  • This type of drama is characterized by having no sung dialogue but spoken dialogue alternated with songs set to popular contemporary melodies, characters drawn from the middle and lower classes, and satirical humor poking fun at contemporary issues
    ballad opera
  • Oliver Goldsmith attacked the prevalent form of the 18th century comedy, calling instead for a form that would make fun of social conventions. He called this new form
    laughing comedy
  • This type of drama, a precursor to the 19th century melodrama, rejected dramatic rules and often had radical subject matter and style
    storm & stress
  • German theatre of the late 1600s and early 1700s consisted mostly of
    foreign performances of opera and dance at court; educational presentations by the Jesuits; slapstick featuring the character Hanswurst
  • In the 18th century, Drury Lane and the Covent Garden theatre in England
    were the only two theatre able to present drama according to the Licensing Act
  • By the end of the 18th Century theatre buildings in Europe
    followed basic Italian architecture; became larger; removed audiences from the stage; had benches in the pit
  • The American Company
    faced religious opposition; toured constantly until the Revolutionary War; featured actress Anne Hallam
  • Costuming throughout most of the 18th Century focused mainly on
    showing performers off to their best advantage
  • This popular performer was known for his/her performance of Shylock as a tragic character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and more lifelike acting, membership at Drury Lane, and writing plays
    Charles Macklin
  • An evening's offering by both English and French companies might include
    full length plays; entertainment between acts; afterpieces
  • Wars during the 18th Century were predominantly fought for religious reasons, marking change in history
    False
  • Burletta was any three act play with five or more songs per act
    True
  • Continental theatre abandoned Torelli's pole and chariot system in the 18th Century
    False
  • The Comedie-Francaise was organized democratically; the company members voted on such issues as the bill
    True
  • Because he oversaw the entire production process, David Garrick is often described as an early director
    True
  • The following technological innovations transformed transportation and communications in the 19th Century
    the railroad; the telegraph; the telephone; the incandescent lamp
  • Longer runs of shows and splintered audiences demanding theatre that spoke to their own needs was the result of
    the concentration of urban populations
  • Because of its new complexity, theatre began to need
    a director
  • Which of the following was/were characteristics of a minstrel show?
    caricatured performances and dialect jokes; blackface makeup; men sitting in a semi-circle including Tambo and Bones; singing, dancing, and skits
  • This riot happened in the Comedie-Francaise when a romantic play broke the rules of neoclassicism.
    Hernani Riot
  • This, the most violent of the 19th century riots, happened when a British actor appeared at a New York theatre for the working class
    Astor Place Riot
  • This newfound form of drama emphasized careful cause and effect development and often revolved around a secret known to the audience but not to the characters
    well made play
  • Actors such as Edmund Kean, Edwin Forrest, Francois Joseph Talma, Sarah Bernhardt, and Benoit-Constant Coquelin were romantic stars noted for their
    emotional outbursts; strong physical gestures; vocal points; reliance on inspiration
  • The dignified, studious English actor who thoroughly researched and rehearsed each role was a pioneer in stage realism, introducing a momentary pause during the delivery of his lines to give the impression that he was thinking. He was also involved in the Astor Place riot.
    William Charles Macready
  • Ira Aldridge
    was one of the leading Shakespearean actors of the 19th century; left the United States due to racial prejudice; earned a reputation as one of the finest tragedians in England; toured Europe for three decades, appearing before royalty.
  • Francois DelSarte's theory and exercises for acting such as reestablished gestures and body movements and vocal inflections, demonstrate
    an early attempt at a scientific approach to acting, consistent with the scientific spirit of the age
  • As an actress and manager, this woman instituted major innovations as proprietor of the Olympic Theatre where she presented light entertainment with a degree of care usually reserved for the classics
    Madame Vestris
  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner's concept of gesamtkunstwerk is best translated as
    masterwork
  • He is considered one of the first modern directors because he rehearsal his actors with scenery and costumes for extensive periods of time, created intricately planned crowd scene with paid actors, and produced historically accurate and practical settings
    Georg II, Duke of Saxe Meiningen
  • Edwin Booth's Theatre was revolutionary because
    instead of pit and galleries it had modern orchestra and balconies, the seats were individual armchairs, it was not raked and was not designed for traditional wing and shutter scenery, scenery could be raised from the basement or flown in from above
  • The type of seating in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus meant to deemphasize class distinctions and forming a fan shaped auditorium is called
    continental seating
  • French playwrights often paid certain audience members to applaud their works; they were called a claque
    True
  • The three major forms of drama that came to prominence between 1800 and 1875 were storm and stress, melodrama, and realism
    False
  • By the middle of the 19th Century, the gas table--the equivalent to a modern dimmer board--allowed a single stagehand to alter the intensity of the lighting throughout a theatre.
    True
  • Doorknobs, dishes, rugs, tables, chairs, and curtains were traditionally painted onto sets
    True