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Theatre Histories I


Medieval Drama Midterm Review

1. In what century did Hrosvitha and Hildegard write their plays? In what country?
Tenth century BCE in Germany (Hildegard of Bingen, Hrisvitha of
2. What is place and scaffold staging?
The use of scaffolds or raised stages.
4. What is a guild? Give two examples.
A group of actors, consisting of different occupations. For instance, the
shoemakers guild, merchant guild*, craft guild*
5. What religious feast was especially important in stimulating the growth of community
biblical drama?
6. Distinguish between and give an example of the following:.
Mystery play
Morality play
miracle (or Saints) play
7. Name two towns in England from which we have substantial collections of medieval plays.
8. Explain the importance of anachronism in relation to the medieval plays?
9. What was a scop?
Medieval entertainer. Traveled to courts, and preserved oral tradition of
German history.
10. Which end (east or west) would Heaven be located in a medieval play space? And why?
11. Give two major factors causing the decline and disappearance of the biblical plays in the
16th century?
12. What are the N-Town plays?
13. What is the name of the Christian Feast that celebrates the conception of Jesus?
14. Explain how wagons were probably used in the presentation of medieval plays.
15. Theologically, why would Protestants find Everyman an unacceptable play?
16.What is the importance of the latin phrase Quem queritis?
Whom do you seek?

Lead to liturgical drama (from the Easter liturgy, of the women visiting Christs

Theatre History I

THP 2885

Study Guide/Quiz for Greek and Roman Theatre [from the 2012 final exam]
1. Who was the Sphinx in Oedipus?; why does the play include this weird monster?
2. Name the two people Clytemnestra killed. What were her motives in each case?
3. Name the two prophets in the Agamemnon and Oedipus Tyrannos. What is the role of prophecy
or foretelling in the theatrical effects desired by Greek tragedy?
4. Describe Aristotles views of the difference between comedy and tragedy.
5. Aristotle says that poetry in general springs from 2 causes, lying deep in our nature. What
are the two causes? Write a short paragraph on the significance of one of the two.
6. Fill in the gaps of Aristotles definition of tragedy: Tragedy, then, is the ------ of a---------. . .
through ---- and----- effecting the proper purgation of these emotions. Fill out the missing words
and write a short paragraph on one of them.
7. What is the first principle, and as it were, the soul of the tragedy? What is hamartia, according
to Aristotle?
8. What was the name of the main theatre space in fifth century BCE Athens?
9. What is the place of wonder in Aristotles view of tragedy?
10.What is the name of the daughter Agamemnon sacrifices? Why does he do that?
11.To what God was early Greek drama dedicated?
12.The hero of a tragedy must, according to Aristotle, have what characteristics?
13.Why does Phaedra kill herself/

14.What view of the powers of the gods is implied by Hippolytus?

15.Write a brief paragraph on the role of fate/determinism/ destiny in Greek tragedy. Use the
Oedipus and Agamemnon to illustrate.
16.What were satyrs, and what were satyr plays?
17. What is Give an example from one of the plays we studied.
18.Give a brief definition of: Proscenium, Orchestra, dithyra, skene, stichomythia, anagnorisis
(recognition), Peripeteia or Reversal.
19.Name the one extant trilogy we have from Greek tragedy.
20.What is the Nurses intention in telling Hippolytus about Phaedras passion?