Theatre History

  1. Western anthropological attitudes toward non-European cultures began to change after World War II.
  2. The first culture that has left complete texts of dramatic religious rituals is that of ancient Egypt.
  3. All Athenian playwrights played their own leading characters.
  4. "Cultural Darwinism" refers to a belief that all societies, when they reach a certain level of complexity, produce similar works of art.
  5. In understanding the size of the chorus in Greek drama, there are arguments for several different numbers of chorus members; which of these has NOT been put forward as such a number:
  6. Which of the following is NOT an Athenian playwright whose tragedies have survived?
  7. Which of the following Greek festivals did NOT eventually came to feature complete dramatic performances?
  8. The ancient Greeks had no contact with Egypt, and resemblances between Egyptian and Greek public rituals are therefore believed to be indirect or coincidental.
  9. Hieroglyphic scenes representing the stages of a soul's passage to the afterlife appear on the walls of some pyramids and may be clues to religious rituals.
  10. Some scholars argue that the Abydos "Passion Play" was a religious processional performance, possibly taking place over a number of locations and an extended calendar.
  11. Which of the following is NOT a feature of the City Dionysia celebration?
    Athletic competition
  12. The Abydos "Passion Play" MAY have included scenes depicting all the following, EXCEPT:
    A symbolic battle between the old and the new kings
  13. Egyptian "pyramid texts" suggest the possibility of rituals related to the death of pharaohs, the coronation of new Pharaohs, sometimes related to seasonal change.
  14. Agathon was supposedly the first Greek tragedian to invent the stories for his plays rather than using myth.
  15. The oldest theater-like performance spaces precede those of Athens and are rectangular-shaped.
  16. The latest completely surviving Greek tragedy, a play of uncertain authorship, is
  17. Which of the following are modes of performance that NOT have been viewed as fundamental sources of the theater?
    Familial relations
  18. A crucial difference between the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians was
    Unlike the Greeks, the Egyptians left no record of an autonomous theater whose purpose and nature was predominantly esthetic rather than religious/social/political.
  19. Issues that have arisen to complicate traditional accounts of the ritual origin of the theater include:
    An increased awareness of racism and anti-Semitism in traditional Western cultural histories.
  20. Because comedy developed last of all forms authorized at the City Dionysia, we have a more certain understanding of its origins and development than tragedy or satyr play.
  21. Because comedy developed last of all forms authorized at the City Dionysia, we have a more certain understanding of its origins and development than tragedy or satyr play.
    Psychoanalytic therapy sessions
  22. Cultures that have left some evidence of rituals with theatrical elements include all of the following EXCEPT:
    The Phoenecians
  23. Actors in all known forms of Athenian drama wore masks.
  24. Which of these is NOT one of the passions that Joseph Campbell says most rituals are related to?
  25. Of the following Greek playwrights, which had the most success with the dramatic competitions of the City Dionysia?
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