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Directing Plays

Subject : performing-arts
  • Answer 21 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. Seeking only to determine what the playwright meant.

2. Envisioning the play only as it has been done before.

3. Using the same explanation for everything.

4. The event that disrupts forever the normal lives of the characters in the play.

5. Lacking empathy. Not understanding the real human cost explored in the play.

6. The events that follow the main climax of the play

7. Everyday reality is irrelevant to understanding a play as an artistic experience.

8. Using the words 'all' or 'never' to explain a play. Jumping to a conclusion without examining all the supporting evidence.

9. Seeking only to imitate rather than illuminate.

10. Reducing complex issues down to one thing. The use of statments like - 'This play is nothing but a...'

11. Refers to where the inciting event occurs in relation to the entirety of the play

12. Seeing the play as only a reflection of the life of the author

13. Trusting too much in the opinions of others.

14. Focusing on what the play reminds you of rather than what the play says

15. All points of view are equally valid. Opinion trumps diligent study and practice.

16. The opposition the characters face as they try to reach their goals and objectives

17. Worrying more about the origins of a play - its place in history - or the world of the playwright than what the play says about itself.

18. Aspects of the play that modify its climaxes

19. The most important event that happened in the background story

20. Referring to whether or not a play utilizes recognitions and reversals

21. The most dramatic and memorable moments of the play