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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What would it look like if Mother Courage backed out on her complaint to the captain?
(a) She is indifferent to bullying.
(b) She has a bad conscience.
(c) She is a bad businesswoman.
(d) She doesn't care about her children.

2. How long must Mother Courage wait to make her complaint to the captain?
(a) 20 minutes.
(b) Until after the young soldier.
(c) A day or two.
(d) Until the captain has time.

3. Why does Mother Courage claim her price is a good one for a bird at this time?
(a) They are in season.
(b) They are going extinct.
(c) They are in high demand.
(d) They are in a siege.

4. What is the first soldier wearing?
(a) A fur coat.
(b) A leather jacket.
(c) A silk scarf.
(d) A top hat.

5. Why does Mother Courage sing "The Song of Great Capitulation"?
(a) To get money.
(b) To pass the time.
(c) To tell a story.
(d) To calm the soldier.

6. What does the sergeant predict Swiss Cheese's nationality is?
(a) French.
(b) German.
(c) Swiss.
(d) Chinese.

7. The older soldier says that the young soldier is ______.
(a) Justified.
(b) Crazy.
(c) Brave.
(d) Intelligent.

8. What does Kattrin retrieve from the peasants' house?
(a) Clothes.
(b) A baby.
(c) Money.
(d) Photos.

9. Mother Courage observes that Kattrin "sits, happy as a _______ in all this misery" of the suffering peasants.
(a) Lark.
(b) Cat.
(c) Baby.
(d) Hippo.

10. What bible passage does the chaplain quote after Eilif's story?
(a) Jesus' crucifixion.
(b) The burning bush.
(c) Moses parting the sea.
(d) The Lord made 500 loaves out of 5.

11. How long has it been since Mother Courage has seen Eilif?
(a) 2 years.
(b) 6 months.
(c) 8 weeks.
(d) A decade.

12. What is Mother Courage's advice to Kattrin about soldiers?
(a) Never to marry one.
(b) They will make good husbands.
(c) They have diseases.
(d) They are too romantic.

13. Who is the young soldier angry at by the end of Scene 4?
(a) The Clerk.
(b) Mother Courage.
(c) The Older Soldier.
(d) The Captain.

14. Swiss Cheese takes after a _____ man.
(a) Cuban.
(b) Italian.
(c) Hungarian.
(d) French.

15. Who does Eilif aspire to be like?
(a) The Commander.
(b) His father.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) The Chaplain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What solace does Mother Courage take from Swiss Cheese's job in the army?

2. What does Mother Courage rub on Kattrin's face to hide her beauty?

3. Mother Courage thinks Eilif should be ashamed of himself for speculating about ______________.

4. What does Mother Courage compare the officers taking her son into the army to?

5. What does the recruiting officer think the army needs?

(see the answer keys)

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