Advanced Theatre Arts End Of Course Exam

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Advanced Theatre Arts End Of Course Exam - Quiz


This is a multiple choice end of course exam for Advanced Theatre Arts Grade 8.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the theatre term that means the process in which an actor tries out for a part in a play?

    • A.

      Aside

    • B.

      Callback

    • C.

      Audition

    • D.

      Tryouts

    Correct Answer
    C. Audition
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "audition." In the context of theatre, an audition refers to the process in which an actor tries out for a part in a play. During an audition, actors typically perform a monologue or scene to showcase their acting abilities and suitability for a specific role. It is a crucial step in the casting process, as it allows directors and casting agents to assess the actors' skills and make decisions about casting for the production.

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  • 2. 

    What term means one actor alone on stage speaking a series of lines aloud in order to reveal a character's innermost thoughts?

    • A.

      Aside

    • B.

      Soliloquy

    • C.

      Monologue

    • D.

      Ensemble

    Correct Answer
    B. Soliloquy
    Explanation
    A soliloquy is a term that refers to one actor alone on stage speaking a series of lines aloud in order to reveal a character's innermost thoughts. It is a dramatic device used to provide insight into a character's emotions, motivations, and intentions. Unlike an aside, which is a brief remark made to the audience or another character, a soliloquy allows the character to express their thoughts and feelings without any interruption or interaction from other characters. A monologue, on the other hand, is a longer speech delivered by one character to others on stage.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the below parts of a stage does a THRUST style NOT have:

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Upstage

    • C.

      Backstage

    • D.

      Downstage

    Correct Answer
    A. Apron
    Explanation
    A THRUST style stage is a type of stage design where the audience sits on three sides, surrounding the performers. Unlike other stage styles, a THRUST stage does not have an apron. The apron is an extended portion of the stage that extends beyond the proscenium arch towards the audience. In a THRUST stage, the performers are already close to the audience on three sides, so there is no need for an apron. Therefore, the correct answer is apron.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the below descriptions of a Proscenium stage does NOT apply:

    • A.

      Audience sits on 3 sides of the stage

    • B.

      There is a front (main) drape

    • C.

      It has offstage right and left wings

    • D.

      There is an apron

    Correct Answer
    A. Audience sits on 3 sides of the stage
    Explanation
    The description "audience sits on 3 sides of the stage" does not apply to a Proscenium stage. A Proscenium stage is characterized by a front (main) drape, offstage right and left wings, and an apron. However, the audience typically sits only on one side of the stage in a Proscenium setup, facing the performance area directly.

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  • 5. 

    When an actor uses a memory from his or her own experience to act out a moment in a play or scene, this is called:

    • A.

      Emotional recall

    • B.

      Realism

    • C.

      Symbolism

    • D.

      Method acting

    Correct Answer
    A. Emotional recall
    Explanation
    Emotional recall is the correct answer because it refers to the technique in which an actor draws upon their personal memories and emotions to bring authenticity and depth to their performance. By tapping into their own experiences, the actor is able to recreate the desired emotions and effectively portray the character's feelings in a play or scene. This technique helps to create a genuine and relatable performance for the audience.

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  • 6. 

    What theatre term means the last words or action before yours?

    • A.

      Cast

    • B.

      Cue

    • C.

      Action

    • D.

      Line

    Correct Answer
    B. Cue
    Explanation
    A theatre term that means the last words or action before yours is called a "cue." In theatre, cues are essential for actors as they indicate when it is their turn to speak or perform a specific action. Cues help maintain the flow and timing of a performance, ensuring that each actor knows when to deliver their lines or make their entrance. By paying attention to cues, actors can seamlessly transition between scenes and maintain the overall coherence of the play.

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  • 7. 

    The Stage Manager is the person in charge of:

    • A.

      Blocking a show.

    • B.

      Building the set on the stage.

    • C.

      Cleaning up the stage.

    • D.

      The backstage area during tech rehearsals and performances.

    Correct Answer
    D. The backstage area during tech rehearsals and performances.
    Explanation
    The Stage Manager is responsible for overseeing and managing the backstage area during tech rehearsals and performances. This includes coordinating and organizing all aspects of the production, such as cueing actors, managing props and set changes, and ensuring the smooth running of the show. They work closely with the director, crew, and cast to ensure that everything runs smoothly and according to plan. They are not responsible for blocking the show (which is the director's role), building the set, or cleaning up the stage.

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  • 8. 

    The House Manager is the person in charge of:

    • A.

      The ushers and the safety of the audience.

    • B.

      The set and keeping it clean.

    • C.

      Selling tickets.

    • D.

      The money earned.

    Correct Answer
    A. The ushers and the safety of the audience.
    Explanation
    The House Manager is responsible for overseeing the ushers and ensuring the safety of the audience. This includes managing the ushers' duties such as seating guests, providing assistance, and maintaining order during performances. Additionally, the House Manager plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the audience by implementing safety protocols, coordinating emergency procedures, and addressing any potential hazards or concerns that may arise during the event.

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  • 9. 

    If a director tells you to "add stage business," to a scene, he/she wants you to:

    • A.

      Add extra dialogue.

    • B.

      Fix a problem with the set.

    • C.

      Do extra activities that your character would do in that setting.

    Correct Answer
    C. Do extra activities that your character would do in that setting.
    Explanation
    When a director tells you to "add stage business" to a scene, they are asking you to incorporate additional activities or actions that your character would realistically do in that particular setting. This could involve anything from interacting with props, engaging with the environment, or performing specific gestures or movements. By adding stage business, actors can enhance the authenticity and depth of their character, making the scene more believable and engaging for the audience.

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  • 10. 

    What does "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" mean?

    • A.

      Romeo, where are you, Romeo?

    • B.

      Romeo, what are you, Romeo?

    • C.

      Romeo, why are you, Romeo?

    • D.

      Romeo, who are you, Romeo?

    Correct Answer
    C. Romeo, why are you, Romeo?
    Explanation
    The phrase "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" means "Romeo, why are you, Romeo?" This line is from Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, and it is spoken by Juliet. She is questioning why Romeo has to be a Montague, as their families are feuding. Juliet is expressing her frustration and longing for their love to be free from the constraints of their names and families.

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  • 11. 

    Shakespeare wrote and acted during what time period in history?

    • A.

      Colonial

    • B.

      Victorian

    • C.

      Renaissance

    • D.

      Restoration

    Correct Answer
    C. Renaissance
    Explanation
    Shakespeare wrote and acted during the Renaissance period in history. The Renaissance was a time of great cultural and intellectual growth in Europe, spanning from the 14th to the 17th century. It was marked by a revival of interest in classical learning, arts, and literature. Shakespeare, considered one of the greatest playwrights in history, was active during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, which coincided with the Renaissance. His works, such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth, are iconic examples of Renaissance literature and continue to be celebrated and studied today.

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  • 12. 

    Which play is NOT one of Shakespeare's tragedies?

    • A.

      ROMEO AND JULIET

    • B.

      A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

    • C.

      MACBETH

    • D.

      HAMLET

    Correct Answer
    B. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
    Explanation
    A Midsummer Night's Dream is not one of Shakespeare's tragedies. It is a comedy that explores themes of love, magic, and mistaken identities. Shakespeare's tragedies typically involve themes of death, betrayal, and the downfall of the main character. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet are all examples of Shakespeare's tragedies.

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  • 13. 

    Which is NOT an example of a stereotypical character?

    • A.

      A silly mom

    • B.

      A smart and goofy nerd

    • C.

      A dumb jock

    • D.

      A ditzy cheerleader

    Correct Answer
    A. A silly mom
    Explanation
    A silly mom is not an example of a stereotypical character because being silly does not necessarily define or stereotype a mother. Stereotypes are often based on generalizations and assumptions about a particular group, but being silly is not a characteristic that is commonly associated with all moms. Therefore, the answer is a silly mom.

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  • 14. 

    What does the term "Legitimate Theatre" mean?

    • A.

      The show is approved by the state court.

    • B.

      The show has no musical numbers in it with dancing and singing.

    • C.

      The show is a play about the legal system.

    • D.

      The show has a seal of approval on it.

    Correct Answer
    B. The show has no musical numbers in it with dancing and singing.
    Explanation
    The term "Legitimate Theatre" refers to a type of theatrical performance that does not include any musical numbers with dancing and singing. This term is used to distinguish traditional plays and dramas from musicals and other forms of performance that involve singing and dancing.

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  • 15. 

    A "dark house" is a theatre that:

    • A.

      Is closed that night.

    • B.

      Is no longer in business.

    • C.

      Has no stage lighting.

    • D.

      Can only do dark and tragic plays.

    Correct Answer
    A. Is closed that night.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is closed that night." A "dark house" in the context of a theatre refers to a night when there are no performances or shows scheduled. It means that the theatre is not open for business and there won't be any stage productions taking place on that particular night.

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  • 16. 

    Constantin Stanislavski and Standford Misner are best known as:

    • A.

      Playwrights.

    • B.

      Actors.

    • C.

      Producers.

    • D.

      Acting teachers.

    Correct Answer
    D. Acting teachers.
    Explanation
    Constantin Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner are renowned figures in the field of acting, not as playwrights, producers, or actors, but as acting teachers. They both developed influential acting techniques and approaches that have had a significant impact on the craft of acting. Stanislavski is known for his method acting, which focuses on emotional realism and the use of personal experiences to portray characters authentically. Meisner, on the other hand, developed the Meisner technique, emphasizing truthful and spontaneous reactions in acting. Both Stanislavski and Meisner have left a lasting legacy as esteemed acting teachers.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the below things is typically NOT on an actor's resume?

    • A.

      High school and/or college G.P.A.

    • B.

      Roles played.

    • C.

      Height and weight.

    • D.

      Special abilities or talents.

    • E.

      Contact information.

    Correct Answer
    A. High school and/or college G.P.A.
    Explanation
    An actor's resume typically includes information such as roles played, height and weight, special abilities or talents, and contact information. However, high school and/or college G.P.A. is typically not included on an actor's resume as it is not relevant to their acting abilities or qualifications.

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  • 18. 

    The drawing of the set as it might be seen from the audience's point of view is called __________.

    • A.

      A set drawing.

    • B.

      A rendering.

    • C.

      A concept picture.

    • D.

      A plot diagram.

    Correct Answer
    B. A rendering.
    Explanation
    The drawing of the set as it might be seen from the audience's point of view is called a rendering. A rendering is a visual representation or illustration that shows how the set will look like when viewed by the audience. It includes details such as the placement of props, furniture, and other elements of the set design. This drawing helps the production team and the director to visualize and plan the set design for the performance.

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  • 19. 

    When an actor gives his/her name and the title of the piece to be performed, that is called:

    • A.

      Salutation.

    • B.

      Audition.

    • C.

      Slating.

    • D.

      Denouement.

    Correct Answer
    C. Slating.
    Explanation
    Slating refers to the act of an actor introducing themselves and providing the title of the piece they are about to perform. This is commonly done at auditions or casting calls as a way for the actor to provide essential information before their performance. It helps the casting directors or producers keep track of the actors and their performances, making the audition process more organized. The term "slating" is specifically used in the context of the acting industry and is not related to salutation or denouement, which have different meanings in storytelling and communication.

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  • 20. 

    When a technician angles and adjusts a lighting instrument and its beam of light, this is called:

    • A.

      Angling.

    • B.

      Adjustment.

    • C.

      Hanging.

    • D.

      Focusing.

    Correct Answer
    D. Focusing.
    Explanation
    When a technician angles and adjusts a lighting instrument and its beam of light, it is referred to as focusing. This involves aligning the instrument in the desired direction and modifying the beam to achieve the desired lighting effect. Angling refers to changing the position or angle of the instrument, adjustment refers to making changes or modifications, and hanging refers to suspending or mounting the lighting instrument. However, focusing specifically relates to the act of directing and refining the beam of light.

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  • 21. 

    The _____ is the script for a musical.

    • A.

      Libretto.

    • B.

      Book.

    • C.

      Legitimate.

    • D.

      Lines.

    Correct Answer
    A. Libretto.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "libretto". In the context of a musical, a libretto refers to the written text or script that includes the dialogue, lyrics, and stage directions. It is specifically designed for operas, musicals, and other theatrical productions that involve singing and music. The libretto serves as a guide for the performers and helps to convey the story and emotions through the combination of music and words. Therefore, "libretto" is the most appropriate term to describe the script for a musical.

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  • 22. 

    A _____ setting is one that is very simple, suggestive, and sparse.

    • A.

      Box

    • B.

      Minimal

    • C.

      Tableau

    • D.

      Dramatic

    Correct Answer
    B. Minimal
    Explanation
    A minimal setting refers to one that is extremely simple, with few elements and details. It suggests a lack of clutter or excess, creating a sense of spaciousness and openness. This type of setting is often used to convey a sense of simplicity, elegance, or minimalism in various artistic mediums such as visual arts, interior design, or theater. It allows the focus to be on the essential elements or ideas, without distractions or unnecessary embellishments.

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  • 23. 

    What is the typical word order for Shakespearean language?

    • A.

      Subject-verb-object

    • B.

      Object-verb-subject

    • C.

      Subject-object-verb

    • D.

      Object-subject-verb

    Correct Answer
    D. Object-subject-verb
    Explanation
    In Shakespearean language, the typical word order is object-subject-verb. This means that the object of a sentence is placed before the subject and the verb. This word order is different from the modern English word order, which is subject-verb-object. Shakespeare often used this word order for stylistic purposes, to create a poetic and dramatic effect in his plays and sonnets. This word order allowed him to emphasize certain words or ideas in his writing, and it added to the richness and complexity of his language.

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  • 24. 

    During which historical time period was gas lighting first introduced?

    • A.

      Colonial

    • B.

      Modern

    • C.

      Renaissance

    • D.

      Victorian

    Correct Answer
    D. Victorian
    Explanation
    Gas lighting was first introduced during the Victorian era. This period, which lasted from the mid-19th to early 20th century, was characterized by rapid industrialization and technological advancements. Gas lighting, using natural gas or coal gas, was a major innovation during this time, replacing older methods of lighting such as candles and oil lamps. The Victorian era saw the widespread adoption of gas lighting in homes, streets, and public buildings, revolutionizing the way people illuminated their surroundings.

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  • 25. 

    Which is the correct order of rehearsals?

    • A.

      Blocking rehearsal, dress rehearsal, tech rehearsal

    • B.

      Tech rehearsal, blocking rehearsal, dress rehearsal

    • C.

      Blocking rehearsal, tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal

    • D.

      Dress rehearsal, blocking rehearsal, tech rehearsal

    Correct Answer
    C. Blocking rehearsal, tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal
    Explanation
    The correct order of rehearsals is blocking rehearsal, tech rehearsal, dress rehearsal. Blocking rehearsal is the first step in the rehearsal process where the actors learn and practice their movements on stage. Tech rehearsal comes next, where the technical aspects such as lighting, sound, and props are incorporated into the performance. Finally, the dress rehearsal is the last rehearsal before the actual performance, where the actors wear their costumes and everything is done as it would be in the actual show.

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  • 26. 

    Which term means to add dialogue not already in the script (usually to cover for a mistake)?

    • A.

      Improvisation

    • B.

      Cue

    • C.

      Aside

    • D.

      Ad-lib

    Correct Answer
    D. Ad-lib
    Explanation
    Ad-lib refers to the act of adding dialogue that is not originally scripted, typically done to cover up for a mistake or to enhance a performance. It is a spontaneous improvisation by the actor, where they come up with lines on the spot. This term is commonly used in theater and film productions when actors need to think quickly and adapt to unexpected situations. Ad-libbing allows for flexibility and creativity in a performance, making it a valuable skill for actors.

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  • 27. 

    Who is the person in charge of all aspects of a production?

    • A.

      Director

    • B.

      Producer

    • C.

      Stage manager

    • D.

      Publicist

    Correct Answer
    A. Director
    Explanation
    The person in charge of all aspects of a production is the director. They are responsible for overseeing the creative and artistic elements of a production, including working with the actors, designing the staging and set, and ensuring that the overall vision of the production is realized. The director is the driving force behind the production and guides all other members of the team in bringing the show to life.

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  • 28. 

    A cold reading is a type of ______.

    • A.

      Reader's theatre.

    • B.

      Performance.

    • C.

      Audition.

    • D.

      Denouement.

    Correct Answer
    C. Audition.
    Explanation
    A cold reading is a type of audition. In an audition, performers are given a script or material to read and perform without prior preparation or rehearsal. Similarly, in a cold reading, actors are asked to read a script or scene without any prior knowledge or practice. It is a way for casting directors or producers to assess an actor's ability to quickly understand and interpret a character and their performance skills. Therefore, the correct answer is audition.

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  • 29. 

    Which reason below is NOT why actors should do a character analysis?

    • A.

      Help memorize lines.

    • B.

      Help fine tune motivation.

    • C.

      Help add dimension to the character.

    • D.

      Help actor to connect to the character.

    Correct Answer
    A. Help memorize lines.
    Explanation
    Actors should do a character analysis to help fine tune their motivation, add dimension to the character, and connect to the character. However, it is not necessary for helping them memorize lines. Memorizing lines is a separate skill that actors can develop through various techniques such as repetition, visualization, and understanding the context of the dialogue. While character analysis may indirectly aid in memorization by providing a deeper understanding of the character and their motivations, its primary purpose is to enhance the actor's performance and bring the character to life.

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  • 30. 

    A vocal warm-up can consist of all the below, EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Tongue twisters.

    • B.

      Deep breathing.

    • C.

      Facial massage.

    • D.

      Body isolations.

    • E.

      Humming.

    Correct Answer
    D. Body isolations.
    Explanation
    A vocal warm-up typically includes various exercises to prepare the voice for singing or speaking. Tongue twisters help to improve articulation, deep breathing exercises enhance breath control, facial massage relaxes facial muscles, and humming helps to warm up the vocal cords. Body isolations, however, do not directly contribute to vocal warm-up as they primarily focus on isolating and moving different parts of the body. Therefore, body isolations are not typically included in a vocal warm-up routine.

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  • 31. 

    A community theater is one that _______.

    • A.

      Pays its actos a salary.

    • B.

      Employs equity actors.

    • C.

      Uses volunteer actors from the locality.

    • D.

      Hires a professional cast.

    Correct Answer
    C. Uses volunteer actors from the locality.
    Explanation
    A community theater is typically known for utilizing volunteer actors from the local area. Unlike professional theaters that hire actors and pay them a salary, community theaters rely on the participation of individuals who are passionate about theater and are willing to contribute their time and talent without financial compensation. This allows community theaters to provide opportunities for local residents to engage in theater productions and fosters a sense of community involvement and collaboration.

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  • 32. 

    What does the term equity actor mean?

    • A.

      An actor who plays an equal role in all a theater's shows.

    • B.

      An actor who is a paid professional and a member of the union.

    • C.

      An actor who acts and who does tech work.

    • D.

      An actor who only performs in ensemble type shows.

    Correct Answer
    B. An actor who is a paid professional and a member of the union.
    Explanation
    The term "equity actor" refers to an actor who is a paid professional and a member of the union. This means that the actor receives compensation for their work and is part of a recognized organization that protects their rights and ensures fair treatment in the industry. Being a member of the union also provides additional benefits and opportunities for the actor, such as access to auditions and networking events.

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  • 33. 

    During which time frame were females finally allowed to act on the stage?

    • A.

      1660 to present.

    • B.

      1558 to present.

    • C.

      1750 to present.

    • D.

      1875 to present.

    Correct Answer
    A. 1660 to present.
    Explanation
    Females were finally allowed to act on the stage starting from the year 1660 and this permission has continued to the present day.

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  • 34. 

    Which of the below parts is NOT considered to be one of the six basic parts of dramatic structure according to Aristotle?

    • A.

      Plot

    • B.

      Symbolism

    • C.

      A royal main character

    • D.

      Music

    Correct Answer
    B. Symbolism
    Explanation
    Symbolism is not considered to be one of the six basic parts of dramatic structure according to Aristotle. The six basic parts of dramatic structure, as outlined by Aristotle, include plot, character, theme, dialogue, melody, and spectacle. Symbolism, on the other hand, is a literary device used to represent ideas or qualities through the use of symbols. While symbolism can be present in a dramatic work, it is not considered to be one of the fundamental structural elements according to Aristotle.

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  • 35. 

    What is subtext?

    • A.

      When other actors whisper underneath a character's speech.

    • B.

      Words written in the script in italics.

    • C.

      The underlying meaning of a line.

    • D.

      The last words said in a long speech.

    Correct Answer
    C. The underlying meaning of a line.
    Explanation
    Subtext refers to the underlying meaning of a line, which may not be explicitly stated but can be inferred through context, tone, and body language. It involves understanding the deeper emotions, intentions, or messages that a character is conveying. It is not related to other actors whispering or words written in italics, nor is it specifically tied to the last words of a long speech.

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  • 36. 

    Flexible staging is easiest to accomplish in what type of theater space?

    • A.

      Proscenium.

    • B.

      Thrust.

    • C.

      Arena

    • D.

      It can't be done on any.

    Correct Answer
    C. Arena
    Explanation
    Flexible staging is easiest to accomplish in an arena theater space. In an arena theater, also known as theater-in-the-round, the audience surrounds the stage from all sides. This configuration allows for a more versatile and adaptable staging, as actors can enter and exit from any direction, and the set can be arranged in various ways to suit the needs of the production. The lack of a fixed proscenium arch or thrust stage in an arena theater provides greater freedom for creative staging choices.

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  • 37. 

    Which theatrical person is in charge of the prompt book?

    • A.

      Producer.

    • B.

      Stage hand.

    • C.

      Conductor.

    • D.

      Stage manager.

    Correct Answer
    D. Stage manager.
    Explanation
    The stage manager is in charge of the prompt book. They are responsible for keeping track of all the cues, blocking, and technical information for the production. They work closely with the director and the rest of the production team to ensure a smooth and organized performance. The stage manager is an essential role in the theater, overseeing the coordination and execution of the show.

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  • 38. 

    A job for the stage crew is ____________, or making sure that the backstage areas are hidden from the audience's view. This is accomplished by using flats, curtains, or screens to hide the backstage area behind windows and doors of a set.

    • A.

      Hiding.

    • B.

      Masking.

    • C.

      Creating.

    • D.

      Moving.

    Correct Answer
    B. Masking.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "masking". In the context of a stage crew job, masking refers to the act of hiding or concealing the backstage areas from the audience's view. This is achieved by using various techniques such as flats, curtains, or screens to create the illusion of windows and doors on the set, effectively masking the backstage area.

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  • 39. 

    Which historical time period believed that plays should be as close to lifelike as possible?

    • A.

      Restoration

    • B.

      Realism

    • C.

      Modernism

    • D.

      Absurdism

    Correct Answer
    B. Realism
    Explanation
    Realism is the historical time period that believed that plays should be as close to lifelike as possible. Realism emerged as a reaction against the exaggerated and melodramatic styles of the Romantic era, aiming to depict ordinary people and everyday life in a truthful and naturalistic manner. Realist plays often focused on social issues and sought to portray characters and situations that the audience could relate to. This movement emphasized the importance of accurate and detailed representation of reality on stage, making it the correct answer in this context.

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  • 40. 

    Who founded the Moscow Art Theatre?

    • A.

      Stanislavski

    • B.

      Strindburg

    • C.

      Chekov

    • D.

      Brecht

    Correct Answer
    A. Stanislavski
    Explanation
    Stanislavski is the correct answer because he was one of the co-founders of the Moscow Art Theatre. Alongside Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Stanislavski established the theatre in 1898 with the aim of creating a new and innovative approach to theatre production. Stanislavski's groundbreaking acting system, known as the Stanislavski Method, revolutionized the way actors approached their craft and had a profound influence on the development of modern acting techniques. His contributions to the Moscow Art Theatre and the world of theatre in general make him the correct answer to the question.

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  • 41. 

    When a script has parts or lines deleted from it in order to make it shorter, that is called:

    • A.

      Reducing.

    • B.

      Cutting.

    • C.

      Deleting.

    • D.

      Shortening.

    Correct Answer
    B. Cutting.
    Explanation
    Cutting refers to the act of removing parts or lines from a script to make it shorter. This process involves eliminating unnecessary or redundant content in order to condense the script and make it more concise. Cutting is a common practice in various forms of writing, including scripts for plays, movies, and television shows, as it helps streamline the narrative and improve pacing. By choosing the correct answer, cutting, it indicates an understanding of this concept and its application in scriptwriting.

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  • 42. 

    ______ is the genre of theatre that creates plays with content that was shaped in reaction to the seemingly senseless waste of life that took place during WWII.

    • A.

      Realism

    • B.

      Absurdism

    • C.

      Impressionism

    • D.

      Creationism

    Correct Answer
    B. Absurdism
    Explanation
    Absurdism is the genre of theatre that creates plays with content shaped in reaction to the seemingly senseless waste of life during WWII. Absurdism emerged as a response to the existential crisis brought about by the atrocities of the war, questioning the meaning and purpose of life. It often features characters and situations that are bizarre, illogical, and nonsensical, highlighting the absurdity of human existence in a chaotic world. Absurdist plays, such as Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," aim to provoke thought and challenge traditional notions of storytelling and reality.

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  • 43. 

    Which of the below people is a German playwright and director who had a major impact on contemporary theatre? His best known plays were written to make the audience think about social and political issues; these include: THE THREE PENNY OPERA, MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

    • A.

      Henrik Ibsen

    • B.

      Bertolt Brecht

    • C.

      Constantin Stanislavski

    • D.

      Anton Checkov

    Correct Answer
    B. Bertolt Brecht
    Explanation
    Bertolt Brecht is a German playwright and director who had a major impact on contemporary theatre. His best known plays, including THE THREE PENNY OPERA, MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, were written to provoke the audience to think about social and political issues.

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  • 44. 

    The 1930's in America finally saw the creation of African-American theatre companies. Which of the below playwrights is NOT a famous African-American playwright?

    • A.

      Lorraine Hansberry

    • B.

      August Wilson

    • C.

      Douglas Turner Ward

    • D.

      Neil Simon

    Correct Answer
    D. Neil Simon
    Explanation
    Neil Simon is not a famous African-American playwright. While Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Douglas Turner Ward are well-known African-American playwrights who made significant contributions to African-American theater, Neil Simon is a white playwright known for his comedies and is not associated with African-American theater.

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  • 45. 

    Polish director J. Grotowsky believes that theatre:

    • A.

      Can only survive the electronic age by emphasizing what makes theatre different -- direct interaction between actor and audience.

    • B.

      Is a very commerical and expensive experience.

    • C.

      Directors should create a unified stage picture.

    • D.

      Plays are usually too far removed from reality to have any credibility.

    Correct Answer
    A. Can only survive the electronic age by emphasizing what makes theatre different -- direct interaction between actor and audience.
    Explanation
    Polish director J. Grotowsky believes that theatre can only survive the electronic age by emphasizing what makes theatre different -- direct interaction between actor and audience. This means that in order to remain relevant and distinct from other forms of entertainment, theatre should focus on the unique aspect of live performances where the actors directly engage and interact with the audience. Grotowsky emphasizes the importance of this direct connection between the performers and the viewers, as it creates a more immersive and engaging experience that cannot be replicated through electronic mediums.

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  • 46. 

    It is important to have a(n) ________________________ for the arts; to be able to recognize, understand, and value that which is pleasing, beautiful, and cultured in the arts.

    • A.

      Sympathetic understanding

    • B.

      Relation to objects

    • C.

      Adaption

    • D.

      Aesthetic appreciation

    Correct Answer
    D. Aesthetic appreciation
    Explanation
    Aesthetic appreciation refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and value the pleasing, beautiful, and cultured aspects of the arts. It involves having a deep understanding and sensitivity towards artistic expressions, whether it be in visual arts, music, literature, or any other form of creative expression. This appreciation allows individuals to engage with and derive meaning from artistic works, enriching their cultural experiences and broadening their perspectives. It is important to have aesthetic appreciation as it enhances our ability to connect with the arts and derive personal and emotional significance from them.

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  • 47. 

    When you ________ a script, you are marking it for important words, pauses, and subtext (it's careful analysis and giving visual markers for how to say your lines).

    • A.

      Block

    • B.

      Adapt

    • C.

      Chacterize

    • D.

      Score

    Correct Answer
    D. Score
    Explanation
    When you "score" a script, you are marking it for important words, pauses, and subtext. This involves carefully analyzing the script and providing visual markers for how to say your lines.

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  • 48. 

    Begun in Medieval times, ______ was a system that provided financial support for theatrical troupes adn artists.

    • A.

      Stretching

    • B.

      Verisimilitude

    • C.

      Patronage

    • D.

      Banking

    Correct Answer
    C. Patronage
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "patronage." During Medieval times, patronage was a system where wealthy individuals or institutions provided financial support to theatrical troupes and artists. This support allowed them to continue their work and create art. Without patronage, many artists and theater groups would have struggled to survive financially. This system played a crucial role in the development and flourishing of the arts during that time period.

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