Take Home Quiz/Worksheet on Theatre
The Bacchae by Euripedes
Each of these questions correspond to some component of Aristotle's Elements
1) Briefly describe the "antecedent action" (everything that has happened before the play begins) and how is it revealed. Part of this is related in the description of the opening scene. Some of these ideas are also presented in the readings by Ovid that you did.
2) What was the "point of attack"? The point in the play in which things change.
3) What was the main conflict? (The clash of opposing forces man vs. self, man, environment, natural forces, group, God, or group vs. group)
4) What was the climax in the play? (The point at which one or the other of the forces is favored; the point at which events must turn in one direction or another. Not necessarily the "high point" Sometimes referred to as a "reversal" or a "discovery.")
CHARACTERS: Describe and name the physical, social, and psychological traits of the:
5) Protagonist -- "agon" = struggle; the
side of the struggle -- often used to refer to the lead character in a
Who was the protagonist and why do you think so?
6) Antagonist -- the anti side of the struggle -- often
the bad guy, but could be anyone / thing that struggles against the protagonist.
Who was the antagonist and why do you think so?
7) What was the idea, theme of the play? It is often allegorical or symbolic sometimes direct, sometimes indirect. Plays may often be written about an idea, but the playwright will probably focus more on plot and character to get idea across -- plays are seldom about an idea.
8) DICTION / LANGUAGE:
Language is used to: depart information, reveal characters, characterize, direct attention, reveal themes and ideas establish mood / tone, establish tempo / rhythm appropriate to character (again, "decorum" had nobility speak poetry, peasants speaking prose).
Describe the use of "diction" and or dialog in the play. (Try to think of this more as it would have been performed in Ancient Greece. However, there are some clues in the video we saw. Think about the use of language, how words are played with. There are some double meanings and plays on words in the play. Pentheus and Dionysos also changed how they spoke to one another.)
9) MUSIC / SONG:
The sound of the dialog, etc. musicality, rhythm, pace, etc. helps establish mood, characterize, lend variety, pleasurable.
Describe how music/song was used in the play. (Try to think of this as it would have been performed in Ancient Greece not in the video we saw.)
Describe the costume, setting and blocking of the play. How would it have been performed in Ancient Athens? What would the actors have worn? What did the stage look like?