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Multiple Choice Questions

1. From the pseudo-classical German point of view, the first prison scene in the Threepenny Opera is a/an _____.
(a) Plot point.
(b) Establishing scene.
(c) Major event.
(d) Diversion.

2. Brecht states that when an actor sings, he undergoes a change of _____.
(a) Scene.
(b) Worth.
(c) Rhythm.
(d) Function.

3. What does Brecht say his poetry requires in "Conversations with Bert Brecht"?
(a) Banjo or piano accompaniment.
(b) A complex lighting scheme.
(c) Many more revisions.
(d) A microphone.

4. Who wrote the Beggar's Opera?
(a) Milhaud.
(b) Gray.
(c) Mattheson.
(d) Gorki.

5. Which work by Goethe was better as a book than a theatrical production, according to Brecht?
(a) Der Erlkönig.
(b) Faust.
(c) Iphigenie auf Tauris.
(d) Der Zauberlehrling.

6. Who starred in City Lights?
(a) Errol Flynn.
(b) Peter Lorre.
(c) Charlie Chaplin.
(d) John Huston.

7. Who does Brecht mention in association with Paris theatre when he talks about the theatre centers of the world?
(a) Matisse.
(b) Jolivet.
(c) Renauld.
(d) Jouvet.

8. Brecht states in "On Form and Subject Matter" that difficulties are not mastered by _____.
(a) Throwing oneself against a brick wall.
(b) Practice alone.
(c) Denying them.
(d) Keeping silent about them.

9. What example does Brecht use to explain his concept of art following reality in "On Form and Subject Matter"?
(a) Pine tree sap.
(b) Sausage.
(c) Petroleum spirits.
(d) French perfume.

10. Brecht states that radical transformation of theatre can't be the result of some _____.
(a) Artistic whim.
(b) Second thought.
(c) Recommendation.
(d) Intuition.

11. What sort of approach does Brecht say the opera Mahagonny adopts?
(a) A hedonistic approach.
(b) A communal approach.
(c) A didactic approach.
(d) A pedantic approach.

12. Where did Brecht give an explanation of Ber Flug der Lindberghs in 1929?
(a) The Hague.
(b) In London.
(c) The Kleist Prize ceremony.
(d) The Baden-Baden music festival.

13. Major form is designed to realize material for _____, according to Brecht.
(a) The masses.
(b) Eternity.
(c) The times.
(d) The short run.

14. Brecht felt that in the great American comedies, the human being is presented as _____.
(a) An object.
(b) A tyrant.
(c) An oracle.
(d) An animal.

15. In "Shouldn't We Abolish Aesthetics?", Brecht hopes that _____ would be the death of their existing drama.
(a) Sociology.
(b) The war.
(c) Capitalism.
(d) A lack of government funding.

Short Answer Questions

1. Three years after Brecht's attack, the Augsberg theatre turned entirely over to _____.

2. What does Brecht praise Georg Kaiser for?

3. What is the main task of epic theatre?

4. How does Brecht describe the flesh and bones resistance to formula in the Threepenny Opera?

5. Brecht states that a film's needing human interest is equivalent to saying that it has got to be _____.

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