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Theatre History Quiz

So you think you know your theatre history? Here's a collection of trivia ranging from the Greeks to post WWII theatre. All questions are in chronological order, unless otherwise specified.

Instructions: Answer the multiple choice questions, guessing if necessary; then click on the "Process Questions" button at the end of the quiz to see your score in the adjacent message box. The program will not reveal which questions you got wrong, only how many points you have. Go back and change your answers until you get them all right. (The message box will rejoice at that point and the page will change color in delight.)

Points to note: (1) Questions with only one possible answer are one point each. (2) Questions with one or more possible answers (represented by check boxes) give a point for each correct answer, but also subtract a point for each wrong answer! (3) The program will not attempt to score your efforts at all if you have not tried at least half of the questions. (4) This quiz is for your own use only. No record of your progress is kept or reported to anyone.

1. The earliest known theatrical area was located where?
Theatre of Dionysus 
Theatre at Ephesus 
Minoan palace at Phaistos 
No Answer
2. Which playwright did Hrosvitha model her plays after?
Euripides  Homer  Terence  Sophocles  No Answer
3. Although James I authorized the King's Players to play at Blackfriars in 1608, they were unable to open until December, 1609. Why?
Double booked 
Blackfriars wasn't actually built yet 
Blackfriars burned down 
An outbreak of the plague 
4. Which of these is NOT a form of 'commedia dell'arte'?
Commedia all'improviso  ommedia erudite  Commedia asoggetto  Commedia sabbattini 
5. Around 1660, scenic properties differed little in England, France and Italy. Which of these was NOT a standard unit at that time?
6. The Prussian monarch Frederick the Great supported what kind of lavish productions?
7. What was Lucia Vestris' most important work as?
Manager at the Olympic Theatre 
First successful 'breeches' actress 
Dancer at the Sadler Wells Ballet 
No such person existed 
No Answer
8. Adolphe Montigny was famous for being the first to treat this aspect of theatre as an art form. What was this aspect?
Directing  Playwrighting  Acting  Dancing  No Answer
9. All right, a question about Soviet Theatre. During WWII, what was Russian theatre devoted primarily to?
Showcasing new playwrights 
The theatre actually was shut down during this time 
Demonstrating great freedom of expression 
Building morale 
10. In Chinese opera, the 'wu-sheng' is a character noted for acrobatics. What kind of character is he?
Military  Spirit  Clown  Dragon  

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