Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the interviewer in "Conversations with Bert Brecht"?

3. Brecht states that opera cannot be wished away and its _____ have an important social function.

4. Piscator's Theater am Nollendorfplatz was based on _____ principles.

5. In "Last Stage: Oedipus", Brecht says that the future of Germany's theatre is _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Flier's part in Der Flug der Lindberghs pedaegogical?

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

3. How were theatrical productions in Russia, America and Germany similar to each other in Brecht's time.

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

5. What is the Threepenny Opera concerned with?

6. How did Brecht feel about the role of singing in epic theatre?

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

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

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

10. How does Brecht compare his relationship with art and science?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why Brecht believes theatre should transform society. How does this idea relate to his thoughts on aesthetics? How does it relate to capitalism? Who does he credit with helping him develop transformational theatre and why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the 'alienation' effect. How do actors achieve this? Why does Brecht say that the Flemish painter, Brueghel, was able to achieve this in his art work?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Charles Laughton employed gest and the alienation effect in his production of "Galileo". What was the goal of this production?

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