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5 Matching questions

  1. Naturalism
  2. existentialism
  3. avant-garde
  4. regional theatre
  5. Bread and Puppet Theatre
  1. a An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
  2. b Any work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional.
  3. c Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.
  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 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.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Unstructured theatrical events on street corners, at bus stops, in lobbies, and virtually anywhere else people gather.
  2. An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
  3. A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
  4. An avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.
  5. A movement that was ignited by the atrocities of World War I and gained fame through staged performances designed to demonstrate the meaninglessness of life.

5 True/False questions

  1. symbolismA design style or theatre genre in which a certain piece of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment.


  2. Off BroadwaySmall, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.


  3. little theatre movementInexpensive, noncommercial, artistically significant plays in small, out-of-the-way theatres. In the United States, flourished from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s.


  4. alienation effectUnstructured theatrical events on street corners, at bus stops, in lobbies, and virtually anywhere else people gather.


  5. 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.