POP QUIZ (May 13, 2013)

The origin of theatre (Athenian tragedy specifically), according to Gerald Else, began when:

A)  Some guy named Thespis just decided to do it one day.

B)  Roman players arrived in Greece with the invading legions during the First Peloponnesian War.

C)  Sophisticated forms of trade and commerce began between Athens and the newly formed Byzantine Empire following the Peace of Nicia.

D)  Ritualized recreations of animals, ancient heroes, and myths became regularly offered as part of the celebration of religious cults during newly established festivals under the tyrant Peisistratos.


Pop Quiz (December 14, 2017)

When Coleridge claimed that watching Edmund Kean act was like “reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning,” he meant:

A) Kean was a brilliant Romantic interpreter of Shakespeare;

B) Kean had rare flashes of emotion that were electrifying;

C) Kean was usually drunk as a skunk on stage;

D) Kean was especially good at playing King Lear.

E) A, B, & D


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