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Study Guide Questions

1.     What is the original meaning of the term "drama?"
2.     What is the original meaning of the term "theatre?"
3.     How were the satyrs depicted in Greek art?
4.     What were Dionysus's mad women followers called? a. Panickers b. Maenads c. Dramaturges d. the Muses
5.     Where were the early celebratory dances in honor of Dionysus held?
6.     The term ,"comedy," derives from the Greek for "song of revel." True or false?
7.     What did the word, "tragedy," originally mean?
8.     Which form of drama (comedy or tragedy) originated from springtime celebrations?
9.     Which form of drama (comedy or tragedy) originated from winter celebrations?
10.     What were the hymns that celebrated Dionysus's life and adventures called?
11.     Which Greek city converted the old rural festivals into dramatic spectacles?
12.     Which dramatist introduced a second actor to Greek drama?
13.     Which Greek dramatist added a third actor and reduced the role of the chorus in the tragedy?
14.     Which Greek dramatist wrote to encourage social reform, while making fun of the gods?
15.     What was performed following the tragic trilogy, in order to provide comic relief?
16.     What was the original prize for the best tragic trilogy in the Athenian festival?
17.     How many people did the theatre of Dionysus at Athens hold?
18.     Athen's drama season lasted from spring through summer to take advantage of vacationing tourists from other Greek cities. True or false?
19.     Music was an essential part of Greek drama. True or false?
20.     How did the audience know whom the members of the small, all-male casts were supposed to be representing?
21.     Greek theatres evolved from the origin of presenting entertainment on rural threshing floors. True or false?
22.     To make viewing better for the most people, where were Greek theatres usually built?
23.     What was the "viewing place" of the early theatres called?
24.     Where did the chorus sing and dance?
25.     The small hut where actors costumed themselves eventually developed into a stage. True or false?
26.     Why were all people expected to attend the theatre?
27.     The theatre was one of the few public spectacles open to women. True or false?
28.     What did spectators wear in honor of Dionysus? a.) laurel wreaths b.) bay leaves c.) sprigs of hawthorn d.) shamrocks
29.     theatre was considered to be so important that tickets were bought for poor people, thus ensuring that they could attend. True or false?
30.     In addition to helping to identify characters, what other function did the large masks serve?
31.     Who modified the Greek theatres for gladiatorial contests?
32.     Who was honored at the theatre of Epidaurus?
33.     Some ancient Greek theatres are still preserved well enough to permit modern performances. True or false?
34.     Would a circular orchestra indicate predominantly Greek or Roman styling?
35.     Some ancient theatres even included loudspeaker systems. True or false?
36.     The Romans usually built their theatres in the center of their towns. True or false?
37.     Would the Greek or Roman theatres be considered more religious-oriented?
38.     Where did later Western drama resurface, after a long dark age following the fall of the Roman Empire?
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