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. Die Mutter is based on whose novel, Mother?

2. What does Brecht say was Wedekind's finest characteristic?

3. When asked who Brecht wrote for in "Conversations with Bert Brecht", he said that he wrote for people who wanted to have fun and didn't hesitate to keep their _____ on in the theatre.

4. Brecht states that concern with subject and concern with form are _____.

5. Which aspect of epic theatre showed a montage of events all over the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Piscator's influence obvious to Brecht in theatre in 1929?

2. What does Brecht say about the mediocrity of German theatre?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Brecht say about inviting small guest companies to perform in the Augsberg theater?

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

9. Compare the function of music in dramatic opera to epic opera.

10. What was theatre like and what was the flaw that young people found in theatre after World War I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare radio and film to theatre from Brecht's perspective. Why is radio considered an 'apparatus'? What are the possible artistic merits of film as a vehicle of expression?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Brecht's relationship with the actor, Peter Lorre. How does Brecht respond to criticism of Lorre? Why does he choose Lorre as an actor?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the creative atmosphere in theater in Berlin before World War II. How does Brecht feel about theatre during this time period? What sort of theatrical works are being produced?

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