Chapter 1 - What Is The Theatre?

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Chapter 1 - What Is The Theatre?

This quiz covers information found in the introduction and in chapter 1 of Robert Cohen's Theatre Brief Edition. 7th Edition.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      It is spontaneous, yet it is rehearsed.

    • B. 

      It is participatory, yet is is presented.

    • C. 

      It is real, yet it is simulated.

    • D. 

      It is unique to the moment, and it is not repeatable.

    • E. 

      The actors are themselves, yet they are characters.

  • 2. 
    The word "theatre" comes from the Greek "theatron", meaning:
    • A. 

      Seeing place.

    • B. 

      To do.

    • C. 

      To act.

  • 3. 
    This is a combination of people, ideas, and the works of art that emanate from their collaboration:
    • A. 

      Art

    • B. 

      Theatre

    • C. 

      Drama

  • 4. 
    The minimal requirement for a theatre "building" is nothing but a place to act and a place to watch. True or False?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    The word "audience" is Latin, meaning:
    • A. 

      Those who see.

    • B. 

      Those who hear.

    • C. 

      Those who watch and listen.

  • 6. 
    Theatre is a collaborative art, usually involving dozens, even hundreds, of people working closely together on a single performance. Historically, therefore, theatre practitioners of variouis specialties have teamed up in longstanding companies, or:
    • A. 

      Actors.

    • B. 

      Guilds.

    • C. 

      Troupes.

  • 7. 
    This is one of the most supreme pursuits of humanity:
    • A. 

      History

    • B. 

      Art

    • C. 

      Fiction

  • 8. 
    The theatre involves actors impersonating:
    • A. 

      Real people.

    • B. 

      Reality.

    • C. 

      Characters.

  • 9. 
    This is the form of theatrical performance that is the more fundamental mode of drama:
    • A. 

      Presentaional

    • B. 

      Representational

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is not a fundamental force at work in live theatre?
    • A. 

      The rapport existing between the actor and the audience.

    • B. 

      Live theatre creates a relationship among the audience members.

    • C. 

      Live theatre requires less spontaneity.

    • D. 

      Live performance has the quality of immedicay.

  • 11. 
    Theatre performances are largely prepared according to written and well-rehearsed texts, or playscripts. But the text of a play is not the play itself. The play fully exists in:
    • A. 

      The mind of the audience.

    • B. 

      Its performance - its "playing" - only.

    • C. 

      The reading of the script.

    • D. 

      The mind of the playwright.