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Theater I: Semester Exam 2013 Review


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  • 1. Semester Exam of DOOM 2013
  • 2. Round onE
  • 3. Question 1 What is the name of the first passion play ever recorded? The Abydos Passion Play
  • 4. Question 2 Where did the information we have about early theatre come from? (3 things) Wall paintings, artifacts, and hieroglyphics
  • 5. Question 3 What types of people performed in the ancient rituals? (3 types) Elders, priests, & shamans
  • 6. Question 4 Where did the earliest example of ritual evolving into theatre come from? Ancient Egypt
  • 7. Question 5 Name one reason ancient people TOLD STORIES. Lots of answers… (to make sense of the world, to record history, etc.)
  • 8. Question 6 Define a ritual. (Hint: There are THREE parts to a ritual.) A repeated action with symbolic significance that’s meant to evoke emotion
  • 9. Question 7 Name one of the origins of dance. Animal imitation, rhythmic movement, gymnastics, or pantomime
  • 10. Question 8 Name one of the purposes of improv warm-up games/activities. Various answers. (Thinking on your feet, physical/vocal, imagination, memorization, etc.)
  • 11. Question 9 Name the Ancient Greek storyteller who is said to have written “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.” Homer
  • 12. Question 10 Who is a shaman? A priestly figure who communicates directly with the gods
  • 13. Round TWO
  • 14. Question 11 Who was the 6-day arts festival (think Ancient Greece) named after? Dionysus
  • 15. Question 12 Did men and women perform as equals in Ancient Greek theater? No!
  • 16. Question 12 Did men and women perform as equals in Ancient Greek theater? No!
  • 17. Question 13 Name two types of events/performances that occurred during this festival. Poetry, music, dance, theater, etc.
  • 18. Question 14 What did Greek theater performers wear? (3 things) Robes, platform sandals, masks
  • 19. Question 14 What did Greek theater performers wear? (3 things) Robes, platform sandals, masks
  • 20. Question 15 There were 3 main types of Greek theater/plays. Name them. Comedy Tragedy Satyr
  • 21. Question 16 What is a satyr? Half-man, halfgoat/servant to Dionysus
  • 22. Question 17 Dionysus was the god of what? Vegetation, fertility, wine, “the fun stuff”
  • 23. Question 18 Where was ancient GREEK theater performed? (In what type of facility and how was it built?) Outdoor amphitheatres carved into sides of hills
  • 24. Question 19 What does the word “thespian” mean? Where does it come from? Actor; from the ancient actor, Thespis
  • 25. Question 20 What is the purpose of a Greek chorus? Various answers. (Spectacle, set mood, sing/dance, pause/pace action, reflect on play, etc.)
  • 26. Round THREE
  • 27. Question 21 What stage direction is an actor executing when they LEAVE the stage? An exit
  • 28. Question 22 What is a “cue?” A signal (physical, verbal) that indicates that something is supposed to happen
  • 29. Question 23 If a director tells you to “cheat out,” he/she wants you to turn: Towards the audience/downstage
  • 30. Question 24 An actor facing completely to the left is standing in THIS body position. Profile left
  • 31. Question 25 An actor who is facing completely upstage is standing in which body position? Full back
  • 32. Question 26 Proper audience etiquette includes doing what at the end of a performance? Applauding politely
  • 33. Question 27 What is “improvisation?” Making things up off the top of your head; not scripted
  • 34. Question 28 Why is GUM prohibited in the theater and the theater classroom? Performers don’t have proper pronunciation with gum in their mouths.
  • 35. Question 29 What are two noises/sounds that audience members are PROHIBITED from making during a performance? Talking, commenting, whistling, cat calls, etc.
  • 36. Question 30 Name two reasons phones are prohibited during performances. Various answers (glowing, distracting to others, interferes with microphones, etc.)