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1 GREEK HISTORY ******DO NOT LOSE****** Name: Worth 100 Points 1- Who were the ancient Greek plays written about? 2- The festival was the one where the Greeks gathered to perform their plays. 3- In what season was this festival held? 4- The Greek Theatre had one building at the back of the stage, name it. 5- What two things was this building used for? 6- What was the name of the platform wheeled out on stage to show a murdered character? 7- Was set scenery used in Greek Theatre? 8- Women were not allowed to act. Who played their roles and how? 9- Describe costuming in the Greek Theatre. 10- Who was the first actor? In what year? 11- Who directed and acted in all of his own plays? 12- Who was the tragic playwright who wrote Antigone? 13- Who is considered the most modern of the ancient Greek playwrights? 14- Who was the great comedy playwright of the Greek era? 15- Who was the Greek philosopher, who s Poetics became a definition of tragedy that is still observed today?

2 ROMAN THEATRE 1- List two characteristics of the Roman Theater at its birth. 2- What did the Romans call their raised acting area? 3- List some ways in which the Romans adapted the ancient Greek hillside theater. 4- Romans liked borrowing and enlarging ideas but never really anything. 5- was the top Roman write of Comedy. 6- Which present day comedian borrowed his style from the Roman playwright Plautus? 7- Who was the tragic writer that had a tremendous influence on the great English playwright William Shakespeare? 8- Seneca s plays were intended to be read at home rather than performed. These plays are referred to as. 9- Before Rome s fall in 476 A.D., in what 3 ways was entertainment starting to change? 10- Who took over after Rome s fall, and what happened?

3 MEDEVAL THEATRE 1- How was drama kept alive during the Dark Ages? 2- Why did the same church that killed Theatre bring it back to life? 3- The Church that developed three forms of Theater known as Drama. 4- List and describe the three forms of Ecclesiastical Drama. a- b- c- 5- What was the name of the well-written, elaborate play which portrayed the life and the crucifixion of Christ? 6- Who was Hans Sachs? 7- Late in the Medieval Period, a rebirth of curiosity and classic learning took place. Travel started up again. Ancient plays Terence, Plautus, and Seneca were reopened, reconstructed, and reperformed. This rebirth of curiosity and classic learning came to be known as Renaissance. (no answer needed on this one) 8- Name the two comic playwrights, whose material was funny and amusing, but often lewd and immoral. 9- What is Commedia dell Arte and list several characteristics about it? 10- Although thought of as dead and dormant or unproductive, the Middle Ages (Medieval Period) was actually a launching pad for several developments in Theatre. (no answer needed on this one)

4 ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND/ RESTORATION ENGLAND 1- Who is the Elizabethan England Era named after? 2- Name the playwrights who helped lay the foundation for the Elizabethan England Era. 3- Who built the first playhouse in 1576 and describe it. 4- Who was and still is by many considered to be the supreme writer of great tragedy, for all time. 5- William Shakespeare s plays contained the essential ingredient to any drama. What is it? 6- Who was the playwright who, had he not died so young, might have surpassed the talents and achievements of William Shakespeare? 7- Elizabethan England is said to be the 2 nd Golden Age of Theater. What, in 1642, brought this era to an end, and who was responsible? 8- ( ) stood out as the master playwright of the Restoration England Era. 9- What were the characteristics of the plays themselves when the English Nobility returned from France in 1660? 10- In his publication The Short View, angrily condemned the liberties and immoralities which were taking place on the Restoration stage. 11- What officially and conveniently marked the end of the Restoration Period, and what did it provide for?

5 EUROPEAN THEATRE IN TRANSITION/ 19 th CENTURY ENGLAND 1- What two things is the Frenchman, Voltaire, remembered for? 2- The French playwright, Beaumarchais, did what for France during the eighteenth century? 3- Who was the playwright, whose play HERNANI (1830), introduced Romanticism into the theatre? 4- Who is the Scandinavian playwright considered to be the greatest writer of Realism ever, and give several examples of issues he wrote on. 5- Name the Russian playwright who opened the Moscow Art Theatre. 6- Who was Adolphe Appia, and what is he known as? 7- Not known as an age of brilliance in the theatre, describe the characteristics of 19 th century England. 8- Describe Oscar Wilde. 9- Describe Sir Henry Irving. 10- Describe George Bernard Shaw.

6 EARLY AMERICAN/ MODERN AMERICAN THEATRE 1- What happened and with whom in the year What is significant about the year 1665? 3- Describe the Minstrel Show, and name the man responsible for its popularity. 4- Describe Vaudeville and who Tony pastor was. 5- What were the 2 reasons for Vaudeville s fade from American Theatre? 6- Who was Clyde Fitch, and what is he most remembered for? 7- Who is considered the greatest American playwright? 8- Describe Eugene O Neill and cite several of his characteristics and accomplishments. 9- Playwright who won 3 Pulitzer Prizes. Author of Our Town and Matchmaker. 10- Playwright, who s A Streetcar Named Desire, won him a Pulitzer. 11- Who was the playwright of the 50s, and list his two top works? 12- Who was the playwright o the 60s, and list his most notable work?

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