Theatre History Quiz! Ultimate Trivia Questions!

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Theatre History Quiz! Ultimate Trivia Questions!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The most significant difference between Elizabethan and Restoration drama is in moral tone.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Calling for a "Total Theatre" which integrated all aspects of theatrical production into a "masterwork" was:
    • A. 

      Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

    • B. 

      Richard Wagner

    • C. 

      Edwin Forrest

    • D. 

      Madame Vestris

  • 3. 
    A short-lived style in theatre that mirrored the insanity of war was:
    • A. 

      Futurism

    • B. 

      Dadaism

    • C. 

      Realism

    • D. 

      Expressionism

  • 4. 
    The largest influx of women to the workforce in the United States came immediately after WWII.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Jerzy Grotowski, a Polish director created Environmental Theatre.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    It is safe to say that the period 1976-1985 saw the advent of diverse cultures represented in a theatre like a feminist, gay and lesbian, and Hispanic/Chicano theatre.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    William Davenant formed the acting company called "The King's Men."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Strindberg's A Dream Play was most notable because it deviated from:
    • A. 

      Realistic drama

    • B. 

      Melodrama

    • C. 

      Romanticism

    • D. 

      Tragicomedy

  • 9. 
    This playwright's works were banned from performance until 1975:
    • A. 

      Scribe

    • B. 

      Artaud

    • C. 

      Lorca

    • D. 

      Shepard

  • 10. 
    Julian Beck and Judith Malina formed the ________________ in 1946.
    • A. 

      Environmental Theatre

    • B. 

      The Living Theatre

    • C. 

      New York Shakespeare Festival

    • D. 

      The Open Theatre

  • 11. 
    In 1967, the first Rock Opera entitled _____________ was performed.
    • A. 

      Grease

    • B. 

      Hair

    • C. 

      Jesus Christ Superstar

    • D. 

      Annie

  • 12. 
    With works including Fires in the Mirror and Twilight in Los Angeles 1992, ____________ is the most prominent African-American performance artist currently working in the United States.
    • A. 

      LeRoi Jones

    • B. 

      Robert Foreman

    • C. 

      August Wilson

    • D. 

      Anna Deavere Smith

  • 13. 
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen is an example of "storm and stress" drama.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Sarah Bernhardt and Anne Bracegirdle were consummate rivals on the English stage.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Bertolt Brecht argued that for theatre to succeed at teaching, the audience must be emotionally engaged throughout the performance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The 1940s marked the beginning of the Professional Regional Theatre Movement in the U.S.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Eugene Ionesco was noted for the nonsensical language in his plays that demonstrated the futility of communication.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    This female playwright won the Pulitzer in 1997 for her play How I Learned to Drive.
    • A. 

      Suzan-Lori Parks

    • B. 

      Paula Vogel

    • C. 

      Caryl Churchill

    • D. 

      Wendy Wasserstein

  • 19. 
    Aphra Behn was the first woman playwright to earn a living by writing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was successfully adapted for the stage in 1853 by:
    • A. 

      George Aiken

    • B. 

      Dion Bouchicault

    • C. 

      Wolfgang von Goethe

    • D. 

      Jonathan Augustus Stone

  • 21. 
    The Theatrical Syndicate controlled most of the legitimate theatres between 1896 and 1914.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Lucille Ball was brought before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    1964 saw the end of the "Golden Age of Musical Theatre" with what show?
    • A. 

      My Fair Lady

    • B. 

      West Side Story

    • C. 

      The King and I

    • D. 

      Fiddler on the Roof

  • 24. 
    August Wilson founded the Black Horizon's Theatre Company in Pittsburgh.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Mei Lanfang was the most renowned performer of Peking Opera during the years of 1936-1955.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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