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Sanford Meisner

written by: shimonbentzvi
A very difficult quiz on one of the world's greatest acting teachers.

Question 1:

Which statement is true about Sanford Meisner?
He was born in Los Angeles in 1929 and died in New York City in 2007.
He was born in Chicago in 1927 and died in California in 2008.
He was born in London, England in 1931 and died in New York City in 2001.
He was born in New York City in 1905 and died in California in 1997.

Question 2:

Sanford Meisner said that this was the defining emotional moment in his life.
He attended his first drama class at Northwestern University.
His younger brother died from drinking unpasteurized milk.
He saw his first movie in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles.
He saw Charlie Chaplin performing live in London.

Question 3:

As a young man Sanford Meisner got a job acting as an extra in "They Knew What They Wanted," an unimportant play except that this person was the play's director.
Sir Richard Partons
Lee Strasberg
Stella Adler
Uta Hagen

Question 4:

Sanford Meisner was selected as one of the 28 actors in this acting group.
Group Theater
The New Shakespearean Acting Foundation
The Guthrie Theatre Group
The Northwestern Drama School

Question 5:

Which statement describes the "Meisner Technique"?
"Acting is the ability to attract. An actor is an attractor."
"Acting must begin with voice warm-up and concentration techniques."
"Acting begins when the actor is able to use his own lines, not those of the author."
"Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances."

Question 6:

This beautiful student of Sanford Meisner was the sister of Olivia DeHaviland.
Lee Grant
Joan Fontaine
Grace Kelly
Jennifer Jones

Question 7:

One of Sanford Meisner's students became a famous director, producer, and actor. He directed "Sabrina," "Out of Africa" and "Absence of Malice." Who was this talented man who died in 2008?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 8:

This student of Sanford Meisner became a famous director and choreographer. The film "All That Jazz" was a biography of this famous man.
Tommy Tune
Gower Champion
Bob Fosse
Robert Townsend

Question 9:

Which of the following was a student of Sanford Meisner?
Liza Minelli
Jason Robards
Jon Voight
Robert DeNiro

Question 10:

Select the Sanford Meisner quote.
"Acting is the reality of unreality, the illuminating of the unlightable."
"Silence has a myriad of meanings. In the theater, silence is the absence of words but not the absence of meaning."
"Acting is half shame and half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself."
"I regard the theater as the greatest of human art forms, the most immediate way in which a human can share with another the sense of what it is like to be a human."


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