The Fundamentals Of Theatre

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  • 1. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the acting area of a stage that extends beyond the proscenium

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    A. Apron
    Explanation
    The apron is the acting area of a stage that extends beyond the proscenium.

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  • 2. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the stage area away from the audience

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    J. Upstage (noun)
  • 3. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a performance space in which the audience sits all around the stage; sometimes called "in-the-round"

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    B. Arena stage
    Explanation
    An arena stage is a performance space in which the audience sits all around the stage, sometimes called "in-the-round". This type of stage allows for a more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, as they are closer to the action from all angles. It also presents unique challenges for performers and designers, as they need to consider how to engage with audience members from all sides and create a visually interesting and dynamic production.

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  • 4. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a combination of the proscenium and the arena stages, with the audience sitting on two or three sides of the acting area

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    I. Thrust stage
    Explanation
    A thrust stage is a combination of the proscenium and the arena stages, with the audience sitting on two or three sides of the acting area. This type of stage allows for a more intimate and immersive theatrical experience, as the audience is closer to the performers and can view the action from multiple angles. The thrust stage design also allows for more dynamic staging and movement, as actors can enter and exit from various directions.

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  • 5. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the auditorium, or the area where the audience sits

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    D. House
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "house". In a theater, the house refers to the auditorium or the area where the audience sits. It is the space where the spectators watch the performance.

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  • 6. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: onstage decoration to help establish the time and place of a play

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    G. Scenery
    Explanation
    Scenery refers to the onstage decoration that helps establish the time and place of a play. It includes the set pieces, backdrops, and props that create the visual environment for the performance. Scenery is an essential element of the production concept, as it contributes to the overall artistic vision and storytelling of the play. The stage manager is responsible for coordinating the placement and movement of the scenery during rehearsals and performances. The other options listed, such as apron, arena stage, downstage, house, proscenium stage, thrust stage, and upstage, do not specifically refer to the onstage decoration used to establish the time and place of a play.

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  • 7. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the director's technical liaison backstage during the rehearsals and performance

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    H. Stage manager
    Explanation
    The stage manager is responsible for being the director's technical liaison backstage during rehearsals and performances. They ensure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes, coordinating with the crew, actors, and other staff members. They play a crucial role in maintaining the overall production concept and ensuring the successful execution of the show.

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  • 8. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a performance space in which the audience views the action as if through a picture frame

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    F. Proscenium stage
    Explanation
    A proscenium stage is a performance space in which the audience views the action as if through a picture frame. This type of stage has a large arch or frame at the front, called the proscenium arch, which separates the stage from the audience. The performers are on one side of the arch while the audience sits on the other side, creating a clear division between the two. This allows for a more formal and traditional theatrical experience, with the audience looking directly at the stage and the action happening within the frame of the proscenium arch.

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  • 9. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the stage area towards the audience

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    C. Downstage
    Explanation
    Downstage refers to the stage area that is closest to the audience. It is the area where actors are more visible and can engage directly with the audience. This term is commonly used in theater and helps to define the spatial relationships between actors and the audience. It is opposite to upstage, which refers to the stage area farthest from the audience.

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  • 10. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: how the play should look and feel

    • A.

      Apron

    • B.

      Arena stage

    • C.

      Downstage

    • D.

      House

    • E.

      Production concept

    • F.

      Proscenium stage

    • G.

      Scenery

    • H.

      Stage manager

    • I.

      Thrust stage

    • J.

      Upstage (noun)

    Correct Answer
    E. Production concept
    Explanation
    The "production concept" refers to the overall vision and artistic direction of a play, including how it should look and feel. It encompasses decisions about set design, costumes, lighting, and other elements that contribute to the overall aesthetic of the production.

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  • 11. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a small section of a scene divided where a small shift in emotion or topic occurs

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    A. Beat
    Explanation
    A beat refers to a small section of a scene where there is a shift in emotion or topic. It is a momentary pause or change in the rhythm of the scene, allowing for a subtle change in the dynamics between characters or the overall mood of the scene.

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  • 12. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: to stand upstage of another actor on a proscenium stage. forcing the downstage actor to turn away from the audience to communicate with the upstage actor; stealing the focus of a scene

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    I. Upstage (verb)
    Explanation
    "Upstage (verb)" refers to the action of standing upstage of another actor on a proscenium stage, which forces the downstage actor to turn away from the audience to communicate with the upstage actor. This action steals the focus of a scene, as it redirects the audience's attention towards the upstage actor.

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  • 13. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: auditioning with a script that you have not had the opportunity to read before the audition

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    B. Cold reading
    Explanation
    Cold reading refers to the process of auditioning with a script that the actor has not had the chance to read beforehand. This means that the actor must rely on their instincts and quick thinking to perform the scene effectively without prior preparation. Cold reading is often used in auditions to assess an actor's ability to think on their feet and deliver a compelling performance with limited preparation time.

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  • 14. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: information that is implied but not stated by a character; thought or actions of  character that do not express the same meaning as the spoken words

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    H. Subtext
    Explanation
    Subtext refers to the information that is implied but not stated by a character. It includes the thoughts or actions of a character that do not express the same meaning as the spoken words. It is the underlying meaning or hidden message that can be inferred from the dialogue or actions of the character.

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  • 15. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: to move from one place onstage to another

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    C. Cross
    Explanation
    "Cross" is the correct answer because it means to move from one place onstage to another. It is a term used in theater to describe the action of an actor moving across the stage during a performance.

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  • 16. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a position onstage when one actor mirrors another actor's body position

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    G. Shared position
    Explanation
    A shared position refers to a situation in which one actor mirrors another actor's body position on stage. This means that both actors are in the same physical stance or pose, creating a visual symmetry or parallelism between them. It is a technique used in theater to enhance the visual impact of a scene and to create a sense of harmony or connection between the characters.

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  • 17. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the intended point of interest onstage

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    D. Focus
    Explanation
    Focus refers to the intended point of interest onstage. It is the specific area or object that the audience's attention is directed towards. The focus can be achieved through various techniques such as lighting, blocking, and directing the actors' movements. It helps to guide the audience's attention and highlight the important elements of the performance.

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  • 18. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: to keep your face and the front of your body visible to the audience as much as possible

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    F. Open
    Explanation
    "Open" refers to the act of keeping your face and the front of your body visible to the audience as much as possible. This means avoiding turning away from the audience or blocking their view with other actors or props. By staying open, an actor ensures that the audience can see their facial expressions and body language clearly, enhancing their connection and understanding of the character and the performance.

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  • 19. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a characteristic gesture

    • A.

      Beat

    • B.

      Cold reading

    • C.

      Cross

    • D.

      Focus

    • E.

      Master gesture

    • F.

      Open

    • G.

      Shared position

    • H.

      Subtext

    • I.

      Upstage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    E. Master gesture
    Explanation
    A master gesture refers to a characteristic gesture that is unique to a particular character and helps define their personality or traits. It is a distinctive movement or action that is associated with that character and is often repeated throughout a performance. This gesture can provide insight into the character's emotions, motivations, or intentions, and can help the audience understand and connect with the character on a deeper level.

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  • 20. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: coordination of actors' movements onstage

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    A. Blocking
    Explanation
    Blocking refers to the coordination of actors' movements onstage. It involves planning and arranging the physical movements, positions, and gestures of actors during a performance. This ensures that the actors are positioned correctly in relation to each other and the set, and that their movements are synchronized and visually appealing. Blocking plays a crucial role in the overall staging and presentation of a play or performance, enhancing the storytelling and helping to convey the intended emotions and messages to the audience.

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  • 21. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: to bring to life on stage

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    J. Stage (verb)
    Explanation
    The term "stage (verb)" refers to the action of bringing something to life on stage. This can include the performance of a play, musical, or any other type of live performance. It involves the actors, props, set design, and all other elements coming together to create a dynamic and engaging production.

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  • 22. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the final resolution of the conflict in a plot

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    B. Denouement
    Explanation
    The denouement refers to the final resolution of the conflict in a plot. It is the point in the story where all loose ends are tied up, and the outcome of the main conflict is revealed. It is the moment of climax and closure for the characters and the audience.

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  • 23. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a fee paid to produce a play

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    I. Royalty
    Explanation
    Royalty refers to a fee paid to produce a play.

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  • 24. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the beginning part of a plot that provides important background information

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    C. Exposition
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "exposition." Exposition refers to the beginning part of a plot that provides important background information. It sets the stage for the story by introducing the characters, setting, and any necessary context or history. It helps to establish the foundation for the events that will unfold throughout the plot.

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  • 25. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the depth of an actor's position onstage

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    H. Plane
    Explanation
    The term "plane" refers to the depth of an actor's position onstage. This means that it relates to how far forward or backward an actor is positioned on the stage. It is important for actors to be aware of their plane in order to create a visually appealing and balanced stage picture.

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  • 26. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: comedy with exaggerated characterizations, abundant physical or visual humor, and often an improbable plot

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    D. Farce
    Explanation
    A farce is a type of comedy that is characterized by exaggerated characterizations, abundant physical or visual humor, and often an improbable plot. It is known for its comedic elements and often involves mistaken identities, misunderstandings, and chaotic situations. In a farce, the humor is derived from the exaggerated actions and reactions of the characters, as well as the absurdity of the situations they find themselves in. The plot of a farce is often fast-paced and filled with comedic twists and turns, making it an entertaining and light-hearted form of comedy.

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  • 27. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the height of an actor's head onstage

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    G. Level
    Explanation
    The term "level" refers to the height of an actor's head onstage. This could be important for various reasons, such as ensuring visibility for the audience or creating a specific visual effect. It is one of the elements that contribute to the overall blocking and staging of a performance.

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  • 28. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: a top-view drawing of the floor plan of a set, usually scale

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    E. Ground plan
    Explanation
    A ground plan refers to a top-view drawing of the floor plan of a set, usually to scale. It provides a visual representation of the layout and arrangement of the set, including the placement of furniture, props, and other elements. This helps the production team and performers to understand the spatial dynamics and make necessary adjustments for blocking and staging. It is an essential tool in theatre and film production for effective storytelling and coordination of the performance.

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  • 29. 

    Match the definition below to the correct answer: the event that sets into motion the acton of a plot

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Denouement

    • C.

      Exposition

    • D.

      Farce

    • E.

      Ground plan

    • F.

      Inciting incident

    • G.

      Level

    • H.

      Plane

    • I.

      Royalty

    • J.

      Stage (verb)

    Correct Answer
    F. Inciting incident
    Explanation
    The inciting incident is the event that sets into motion the action of a plot. It is the moment that sparks the conflict and drives the story forward. It often occurs early in the story and serves as a catalyst for the main events to unfold. The inciting incident grabs the audience's attention and hooks them into the story, making them curious to see how the plot will develop and resolve. It is a crucial element in storytelling as it establishes the foundation for the entire narrative.

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  • 30. 

    What is the period following the fall of the Roman Empire known as?

    • A.

      Medieval Ages

    • B.

      Renaissance Age

    • C.

      Primitive Times

    • D.

      Sunny Ages

    Correct Answer
    A. Medieval Ages
    Explanation
    The period following the fall of the Roman Empire is known as the Medieval Ages. This was a time of significant political, social, and economic changes in Europe. It was characterized by the rise of feudalism, the dominance of the Catholic Church, and the decline of centralized authority. The Medieval Ages also saw the development of new artistic, intellectual, and cultural movements, such as Gothic architecture and the troubadour tradition. Overall, this period marked a transition from the classical world of the Roman Empire to the modern era.

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  • 31. 

    Why was theater outlawed for a time?

    • A.

      Because people got bored with it

    • B.

      Because the church believed it was vulgar and evil

    • C.

      Because the government thought it was encouraging bad behavior

    • D.

      Because many theaters burned down across Europe

    Correct Answer
    B. Because the church believed it was vulgar and evil
    Explanation
    During a certain period, theater was outlawed because the church considered it to be vulgar and evil. The church believed that the performances were immoral and sinful, promoting behaviors that went against their teachings. They viewed theater as a corrupting influence on society and sought to suppress it in order to maintain moral order. This led to the banning of theater for a period of time, as the church held significant power and influence over the government and its policies.

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  • 32. 

    In what institution was theater reborn?

    • A.

      Hospitals

    • B.

      Schools

    • C.

      Churches

    • D.

      Prisons

    Correct Answer
    C. Churches
    Explanation
    During the Middle Ages, theater was mainly performed in churches. The church provided a safe and controlled environment for theatrical performances, allowing the clergy to use theater as a means of teaching religious stories and moral lessons to the illiterate masses. The performances took place inside the church building or in the churchyard, and often involved biblical themes and characters. This revival of theater within the church setting marked the rebirth of theater during that time period.

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  • 33. 

    What was a trope?

    • A.

      A short biblical scene

    • B.

      An extended play that involved more than 5 acts

    • C.

      A short non-biblical scene

    • D.

      An individual scene that showcases 3 actors

    Correct Answer
    A. A short biblical scene
    Explanation
    A trope refers to a short biblical scene. It is a brief excerpt or episode from the Bible that is often performed or recited as part of a larger religious ceremony or liturgical event. Tropes were commonly used in medieval church music and drama to enhance the storytelling and convey important religious messages to the audience. These scenes typically focused on specific events or narratives from the Bible and were performed by actors or singers in a dramatic or musical manner.

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  • 34. 

    What was a set of tropes performed together known as?

    • A.

      Scenes

    • B.

      Cycles

    • C.

      Acts

    • D.

      Movements

    Correct Answer
    B. Cycles
    Explanation
    A set of tropes performed together is known as cycles.

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  • 35. 

    Where were tropes originally presented?

    • A.

      Within churches

    • B.

      Within schools

    • C.

      Within prisons

    • D.

      Within people's homes

    Correct Answer
    A. Within churches
    Explanation
    Tropes were originally presented within churches. Tropes are a form of musical and dramatic expression that were commonly used during the medieval period in religious ceremonies and liturgical performances. They were often performed within the context of church services and were an integral part of the musical and theatrical traditions of the time.

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  • 36. 

    What was the function of the pageant wagons?

    • A.

      They provided a stationary, outdoor stage, similar to an amphitheater

    • B.

      They provided a moving stage players would use to present cycles in various parts of the city

    • C.

      To showcase costumes and props used in play

    • D.

      They showcased independent theater performers who encouraged people to leave the church

    Correct Answer
    B. They provided a moving stage players would use to present cycles in various parts of the city
    Explanation
    The pageant wagons were used as a moving stage that allowed players to present cycles (a series of plays) in different parts of the city. This means that the wagons were not stationary, but instead traveled to different locations to showcase the performances.

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  • 37. 

    What types of plays were becoming popular by the end of the Middle Ages?

    • A.

      Religious plays

    • B.

      Dramatic plays

    • C.

      Comedic plays

    • D.

      Secular, non-religious plays

    Correct Answer
    A. Religious plays
    Explanation
    By the end of the Middle Ages, religious plays were becoming popular. This can be attributed to the strong influence of the Catholic Church during this time period. Religious plays, also known as mystery plays or miracle plays, were performed in churches or public spaces and depicted biblical stories or religious events. These plays served as a way to educate and entertain the largely illiterate population, as well as reinforce religious teachings and beliefs. The popularity of religious plays reflected the importance of religion in medieval society and the desire for spiritual enlightenment among the people.

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  • 38. 

    These organizations took over the presentation of scenes from the clergy.

    • A.

      Craft guilds

    • B.

      Civilian theatre groups

    • C.

      Government

    • D.

      Clergy guilds

    Correct Answer
    A. Craft guilds
    Explanation
    Craft guilds took over the presentation of scenes from the clergy. Craft guilds were associations of skilled craftsmen who came together to protect their trade and regulate the quality of their work. In medieval times, they also played a significant role in the cultural life of cities and towns. One of their activities included organizing and performing mystery plays, which were religious plays depicting scenes from the Bible. These plays were previously presented by the clergy, but craft guilds gradually took over this responsibility, showcasing their artistic skills and contributing to the cultural and religious life of the community.

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  • 39. 

    What does Renaissance mean?

    • A.

      Diminished interest in performing arts

    • B.

      Regression

    • C.

      Rebirth or renewed interest in arts and sciences

    • D.

      Examination of history

    Correct Answer
    C. Rebirth or renewed interest in arts and sciences
    Explanation
    The term Renaissance refers to a period in history characterized by a revival of interest and appreciation for the arts and sciences. It was a time of significant cultural and intellectual growth, where there was a renewed focus on classical learning, humanism, and artistic expression. This period marked a departure from the previous medieval era and saw the emergence of new ideas, advancements in various fields, and a flourishing of artistic creativity.

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  • 40. 

    What country was the birthplace of the Renaissance?

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      America

    • C.

      Great Britain

    • D.

      Greece

    Correct Answer
    A. Italy
    Explanation
    The Renaissance was a period of great cultural and intellectual growth that began in Italy in the 14th century and spread throughout Europe. Italy was the birthplace of this movement, which saw a revival of interest in art, literature, science, and philosophy. Prominent figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo Galilei emerged during this time in Italy, making it the correct answer.

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  • 41. 

    What type of scenery did the Italians develop?

    • A.

      Unrealistic, cartoon scenery

    • B.

      Highly realistic, three-dimensional scenery

    • C.

      Four-dimensional scenery

    • D.

      Highly simplistic scenery

    Correct Answer
    B. Highly realistic, three-dimensional scenery
    Explanation
    The Italians developed highly realistic, three-dimensional scenery. This means that they created scenery that closely resembled real-life objects and landscapes, and they used techniques to make it appear three-dimensional, adding depth and perspective to the scenery. This type of scenery would have been used in various forms of art, such as paintings, sculptures, and stage designs, to create a more lifelike and immersive experience for the viewers.

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  • 42. 

    What is the name for the arch in the front of the stage?

    • A.

      Stage lip

    • B.

      Stage arch

    • C.

      Proscenium

    • D.

      Frontal arch

    Correct Answer
    C. Proscenium
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Proscenium. The proscenium is the arch in the front of the stage that separates the audience from the performers. It is a common feature in traditional theater designs and is often decorated elaborately. The proscenium arch frames the stage and provides a focal point for the audience, creating a sense of separation between the world of the performance and the world of the audience.

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  • 43. 

    What developed out of elaborate Italian productions?

    • A.

      Dramatic Theater

    • B.

      Art of Theater

    • C.

      Expressive Theater

    • D.

      Opera

    Correct Answer
    D. Opera
    Explanation
    Opera developed out of elaborate Italian productions. Opera is a form of dramatic theater that combines music, singing, acting, and visual elements to tell a story. It originated in Italy during the late 16th century and quickly gained popularity throughout Europe. The elaborate productions of Italian theater, with their grand sets, costumes, and music, provided the foundation for the development of opera as a distinct art form. Opera continues to be a prominent genre in the world of performing arts, showcasing the expressive power of music and theater.

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  • 44. 

    What was the popular entertainment performed by wandering troupes?

    • A.

      Commedia dell' arte

    • B.

      Circus performance

    • C.

      Comedy

    • D.

      Drama

    Correct Answer
    A. Commedia dell' arte
    Explanation
    Commedia dell'arte was a popular form of entertainment performed by wandering troupes in Italy during the Renaissance. It was a type of improvisational theater that featured stock characters and comedic scenarios. The performers would often wear masks and use physical comedy to entertain the audience. Commedia dell'arte was known for its lively and energetic performances, and it had a significant influence on the development of modern theater.

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  • 45. 

    What modern word comes from the character Pantalone's name?

    • A.

      Pain

    • B.

      Pants

    • C.

      Talons

    • D.

      Paint

    Correct Answer
    B. Pants
    Explanation
    The modern word that comes from the character Pantalone's name is "pants". Pantalone is a character in the Commedia dell'arte, a form of Italian theater, who is typically depicted as an old man wearing tight-fitting trousers. Over time, the term "Pantalone" became associated with these trousers, and eventually evolved into the word "pants" in English.

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  • 46. 

    Who was the most famous French playwright?

    • A.

      Shakespeare

    • B.

      Moliere

    • C.

      Sophocles

    • D.

      Lope de Vega

    Correct Answer
    B. Moliere
    Explanation
    Moliere is the most famous French playwright because he is widely regarded as one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. His plays, such as "Tartuffe" and "The Misanthrope," are still performed and studied today for their wit, satire, and social commentary. Moliere's influence on French theater and his contribution to the development of comedic drama make him the most renowned French playwright.

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  • 47. 

    What Spanish playwright wrote over 700 plays?

    • A.

      Lope de Vega

    • B.

      Shakespeare

    • C.

      Sophocles

    • D.

      Moliere

    Correct Answer
    A. Lope de Vega
    Explanation
    Lope de Vega is the correct answer because he was a Spanish playwright who wrote an astonishing number of over 700 plays. He was one of the most prolific and influential playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age, known for his diverse range of works including comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Lope de Vega's plays were highly popular and he played a significant role in shaping Spanish theater during his time.

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  • 48. 

    What name was given to the English Renaissance era?

    • A.

      Elizabethan Age

    • B.

      Engand Age

    • C.

      Marlowian Age

    • D.

      Commedia Age

    Correct Answer
    A. Elizabethan Age
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Elizabethan Age. This era was named after Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled England from 1558 to 1603. It was a time of great cultural and artistic flourishing in England, with notable playwrights like William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe producing their works. The Elizabethan Age is also known for its exploration and expansion, with England becoming a major naval power and establishing colonies overseas.

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  • 49. 

    How have anthropologists discovered what they do know about primitive tribes?

    • A.

      Artifacts and cave drawings

    • B.

      Historical accounts

    • C.

      Books

    • D.

      Fossils

    Correct Answer
    A. Artifacts and cave drawings
    Explanation
    Anthropologists have discovered what they know about primitive tribes through artifacts and cave drawings. These tangible objects and ancient drawings provide valuable insights into the culture, lifestyle, and beliefs of these tribes. Artifacts such as tools, pottery, and jewelry give clues about their daily activities and technological advancements. Cave drawings depict their rituals, hunting practices, and social structures. By studying these artifacts and cave drawings, anthropologists can piece together a comprehensive understanding of primitive tribes and their way of life.

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  • 50. 

    What did primitive people use for costumes?

    • A.

      Plants

    • B.

      Animal skins

    • C.

      Cloth

    • D.

      They did not have costumes

    Correct Answer
    B. Animal skins
    Explanation
    Primitive people used animal skins for costumes. They would hunt and kill animals for their skins, which they would then fashion into clothing to wear. Animal skins provided warmth and protection from the elements, as well as serving as a form of decoration or status symbol within their communities. This practice of using animal skins as costumes was common among early human civilizations before the development of more advanced textile materials.

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