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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. In "Last Stage: Oedipus", Brecht says that the future of Germany's theatre is _____.
(a) Tragic.
(b) Non-existent.
(c) Philosophical.
(d) Religious.

2. Piscator's Theater am Nollendorfplatz was based on _____ principles.
(a) Marxist.
(b) Communist.
(c) Aristotelian.
(d) Capitalist.

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

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

5. What does Brecht say was a characteristic of actors in theatre of his time?
(a) They were panic-driven.
(b) They were gods.
(c) They were money-driven.
(d) They were war mongers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Brecht win in 1922 for Trommeln in der Nacht?

2. What is the name of Peter Lorre's character, the packer in Mann ist Mann?

3. Major form is designed to realize material for _____, according to Brecht.

4. Who wrote the play Fruhlingserwachen that helped Peter Lorre make a name for himself?

5. Elisabeth Begner and Rudolf Forster starred in Shaw's _____ in 1924.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why have cuts been made in some of Brecht's essays in this book?

4. What does Brecht tell Mr. X about the eternal urge to see of a play?

5. What innovations happened as a result of writing the book?

6. What songs did Brecht sing with Wedekind and what were they about?

7. What was the function of the big canvas at the back of the stage in the production of Die Mutter?

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

9. Why does Brecht use the example of 'leave-taking' in "A Dialogue about Acting" and what does he mean by it?

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

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