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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. Where was Theaterarbeit published?

2. Brecht states that "A theatre which makes no contact with the public is _____."

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

4. The translator's notes in number 37 give a provisional account of the most important of Brecht's _____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the distinction between learning and amusing oneself in the theatre?

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 Brecht's views on stage design in epic theatre. What is the sole function of visual design in an epic play?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of music in Brecht's idea of theatre. When is the use of music appropriate? How has it been used in the past in theater?

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