FTCE Drama 6-12 Exam

The Drama 6-12 subject examination consists of about 120 multiple-choice questions. Question formats will include direct questions, sentence completion, command, graphics, sequence, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of acting, creative dramatics, theatre production and design, dramatic literature and criticism, theatre history, directing, playwriting, and career opportunities.

FTCE Drama 6-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. Which is NOT a common acting term?
A. externals
B. charm
C. negativity eradication
D. Alexander technique

2. A ______________ is a large and often concave curtain or wall that is positioned at the back of the stage area and is most often used to form a background.
A. diorama
B. cyclorama
C. runaway
D. lumen

3. ______________ is the act of performing with little or no preparation and encourages simply following whatever mental, vocal, or behavioral impulses that arise.
A. Indicating
B. Improvisation
C. Irreverence
D. Liberating

4. What is the role of a dramaturge?
A. to serve as the house acting coach
B. to control the house during the run of the show
C. to design scenery and create a set construction budget
D. to be a literary adviser for a theatre who typically works with playwrights and helps to select and edit scripts, among other duties

5. Which Athens writer was considered an acclaimed comic playwright in the Golden Age of Greek drama (end of 4th century – beginning of 5th century B.C.)?
A. Aristophanes
B. Aeschylus
C. Sophocles
D. Euripides

Answer Key

1. C. “Externals” means altering your physical and vocal external presentation to significantly change the character being played; “charm” is a basic element of attractiveness in interpersonal interactions; and the “Alexander Technique” is a way of learning how to get rid of harmful tension in your body that has accumulated from many years of stressful living.
2. B. Cycloramas were first popular in the 19th century and continue to be commonly used today. They are often used to create an onstage illusion of a sky.
3. B. Improvisation is often used to help develop the imagination; to integrate an actor’s body, voice, and psyche; and to create an ensemble among cast members.
4. D. A dramaturge is considered an experienced theatre specialist who often adapts a work to the stage.
5. A. Eleven of Aristophanes’ plays provide the genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy. The other Athens playwrights listed wrote tragedies.