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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Brecht say put a stop to epic and didactic tendencies of theatre in Berlin?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Communism.
(c) Fascism.
(d) Capitalism.

2. How does Brecht describe sport audiences?
(a) As boorish and thoughtless.
(b) As square and lewd.
(c) As fair and shrewd.
(d) As rich and snobbish.

3. _____ is fifteen volumes of Brecht's writings published by Kiepenheuer, Berlin.
(a) Kontakt.
(b) Verstehen.
(c) Versuche.
(d) Arbeiten.

4. 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.

5. Die Mutter is based on whose novel, Mother?
(a) Goedel.
(b) Chaplin.
(c) Penderecki.
(d) Gorki.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which aspect of epic theatre enlightened the spectator about facts unknown to him?

2. Where did Brecht give an explanation of Ber Flug der Lindberghs in 1929?

3. In one of Brecht's examples of how projections were used, projections of warships being launched were running while two characters were fighting over _____.

4. Like Tolstoy and Strindberg, Brecht says that Wedekind was one of the greatest _____ of modern Europe.

5. How does Brecht say that the opera, the stage, and the press impose their views on the public?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Brecht see as the role of Fate in film?

2. What is Germany's role in the development of theatre in 1929?

3. What is the distinction between learning and amusing oneself in the theatre?

4. How does Brecht say that Capitalism operates?

5. In the editor's opinion, in what way did Brecht's ideas on theatre evolve?

6. What is the objective of epic drama compared to pseudo-classical German drama?

7. Why was the editor not allowed to reproduce all of Brecht's essays?

8. Why does Brecht write that there is nothing at all new about epic theater?

9. Why did the editor thank the people he did?

10. What advantages did Brecht feel the theatre had in Germany before he went into exile?

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