THETR 266:

Caucasian Chalk Circle

Homework Questions


Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in a couple of typed pages. Restate the questions at the beginning of your answers. Use one inch margins and double-space with 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner. (But try to keep it to two pages.)

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely. Support your assertions with quotes from the play, which may be cited in context, or other research, which should be cited in MLA style. Citatations in support of your answers should be from throughout the text, not just from the beginning. You're going to need to do a little research and support for these.


1)     How does the very Marxist story in the prologue relate to the story told in rest of the play?

2)     Discuss several examples of ways that Brecht has tried to dislodge the reader from emotional involvement with the characters, or in which he steps out of the “realistic” telling of the story in order to comment on it (verfremdunseffekt, or “estrangement”). Your answer should reference both textual elements and the visual/ performative elements that we discused in class.