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THETR 266:

Machinal:

Homework Questions

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Instructions:

Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 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 both sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.


Include the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.


Be sure to answer all parts of a question.


Questions:


1)     What are the sylistic elements that indicate that Machinal is an expressionistic play? In what ways might a performance and design of Machinal support this?


2)     Do you think Machinal is relevant as a work of theatre in today's society? Be explicit as to why or why not.


3)     How is Helen similar to or different from some other female protagonists we have studied?