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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. 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.

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

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

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

5. Aspects of the play that modify its climaxes

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

7. Seeking only to determine what the playwright meant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Using the same explanation for everything.

17. Trusting too much in the opinions of others.

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

19. Seeking only to imitate rather than illuminate.

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

21. The most dramatic and memorable moments of the play