Theatre 203: Practice Midterm Examination

I will give more room for short answers and essays on your test.

You will have one hour to complete the in-class portions

 

Part A.  Answer 6 of the following 7 questions for 5 points each. (30 total)

 

1.  Describe the major theories of neoclassical playwrighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Describe and/or sketch and label the "chariot and pole" method of scene shifting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  How were productions costumed in the 17th and early 18th centuries and how did this begin to change in the late 18th to 19th centuries?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Why is Beggar's Opera a "minor form"?  Give examples of dramatic structure, content, and circumstances of production that define "minor form".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Compare how Moliere staged his plays, like Tartuffe, with how Goethe "directed" plays at Weimar.

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Describe the rise of theatre in the United States during the early Nineteenth Century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Give an approximate date and describe the distinctive features of the following picture, which is a rendering for a set design. (For the practice test, try this out on a Vigarani design from Ch. 8 and a Bibiena design from Ch. 10 in Brockett)

 

 

 

 

Part B: Identifications. Identify the following; full sentences are not necessary. For the practice test, answer all, but I will also give extra credit identifications in this section.

 

ROMANTIC HERO

 

 

 

COMEDIE FRANCAISE

 

 

 

HAMBURG DRAMATURGY

 

 

 

BIBIENA

 

 

 

IRA ALDRIDGE

 

 

THE LONDON MERCHANT

 

 

 

LICENSING ACT OF 1737

 

 

CHESTNUT STREET THEATRE

 

 

Part C.  Identify play, author, character, and significance (consider genre, character type, and/or theme). FOR THE PRACTICE TEST: I WILL GIVE THE SAME NUMBER OF QUOTES AS PLAYS WE HAVE READ (in their entirety) AND ONE QUOTE WILL BE FROM EACH PLAY.

 

1.  Manís efforts sink below his proper level,

 And since he seeks for unconditioned ease,

 I send this fellow, who must goad and tease

 And toil to serve creation, though a devil.

 

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2.   I’d gladly work for you day and night, _______ - and take on pain and deprivation. But there’s no one who gives up honor for love.

 

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3. “Don’t cry little peasant,” she said. “It will heal before your wedding day.” (Pause) Little peasant… Yes, my father was a peasant, it’s true enough, and here I am in a three piece suit and fancy shoes.

 

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4. A fine Lady-like Whore to cheat me thus, without affording me a Kindness for my Money, a Pox light on her, I shall never be reconciled to the Sex more, she has made me as faithless as a Physician, as uncharitable as a Churchman, and as ill-Naturíd as a Poet.  O how Iíll use Womenkind hereafter!

 

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5.  "You see I would indulge the girl as far as prudently we can.  In anything, but marriage!  After that, my dear, how shall we be safe?  Are we not then in her husbandís power?  If the girl had the discretion of a court lady, who can have a dozen young fellows at her ear without complying with one, I should not matter it;  but _______ is tinder, and a spark will at once set her on a flame."

 

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