Quiz Questions

The roll of the die resulted in the bold questions being posed. (If nothing is bold, the die rolled 1 or 2 and there was no quiz)


January 7, 2009
Film: There are several settings in the Voyage to the Moon, including various places in the rocket workshop, and various places on the moon. Choose one location, describe one or more elements that stood out to you, and discuss how this location is inspired by the resources of the theatre.
Reading: Gunning argues that in early cinema, ‘theatrical display dominates over narrative absorption.” Explain what he means by this, drawing examples or arguments from the reading.
January 14, 2009
Film: Describe the way Harold Lloyd uses and transforms elements of the mise-en-scène to transport the thief and the stolen money back to the village. Make sure to note the props used, and the various ways that he exploits the physical qualities of the props for practical use and for humour.
Reading: According to Knopf, what is the main difference between the way that Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd balance narrative and gags in their films?
January 21, 2009
Film: How does Don’s wooing of Kathy (on the sound stage with the ladder, etc) comment on the idea of romance? Discuss in one paragraph.
Reading: In one paragraph, describe Jane Feuer’s idea of “the myth of spontaneity,” using an example from Singin’ in the Rain.
January 28, 2009
Film: Father-son type relationships are explored in this film between several characters. Briefly note two scenes where the roles of fathers or father-figures are explored. Draw one conclusion about how the film therefore characterizes parent-teenager relationships.
Readings: (Krasner) Choose two of Strasberg, Adler or Meisner, and for each of these two, describe one of the interpretations of Stanislavsky he or she applied in his or her acting school.
February 11, 2009
Film: Describe how Taymor’s use of the red fabric in Oedipus is distinctly theatrical – that is, it relies on the resources of the theatre. Make sure to specify two instances where red fabric is used.
Readings: Describe how, according to Jensen, the idea of live performance has changed in a world dominated by media. Choose one argument or example, and be as specific as possible about it (e.g. don’t cover her entire article!)
February 25, 2009
Film: Name a specific moment where the line between the past and present becomes blurred in Hiroshima Mon Amour. What does this blurring say about the complexity of time and space?
Readings: Choose one moment in the play that deals with the idea of memory. How does the 69-year old Krapp respond to his earlier self (on tape) in the play?
March 11, 2009
Film or Reading: Choose one scene from the ________ (film or play, depending on the way the die rolls), and discuss how that specific scene manipulates chronological time.
March 18, 2009
Film:Discuss one way that Anna Deavere Smith relies chiefly on the resources of a stage actor to transform between characters. Be as detailed as possible in describing what aspects of theatrical mise-en-scène and performance she harnesses in these transitions.
Readings: CHOOSE ONE
1. Describe how the conventional ‘packaging’ of the news broke down during the reporting of the riots.
2. As succinctly as possible, explain Ian Watson’s distinction between ‘instrumental’ and ‘performed’ behaviour.
March 25, 2009
Film: In ‘Food Court Musical’ consider the relationship between performer(s) and audience(s); at what point does the audience relationship to the performance change, and why does it change? To put it another way, at what moment did your knowledge as a spectator change, and how and why did it change?