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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the recruiting officer offer Eilif if he joins the army?
(a) Women.
(b) Eternal life.
(c) Money and fame.
(d) His friendship.

2. How does Mother Courage make herself known to Eilif?
(a) She makes his favorite meal.
(b) She sends him a note.
(c) She calls out to him.
(d) She sings from the kitchen.

3. Why is Mother Courage angry with Eilif after he attacks the peasants?
(a) Because he never writes to her.
(b) Because he doesn't earn enough money.
(c) Because he didn't surrender to the peasants.
(d) Because he is cruel.

4. What does Mother Courage run with through the bombardment, giving her her nickname?
(a) An important message.
(b) Fifty loaves of bread.
(c) Medical supplies.
(d) Her children.

5. Why does the recruiting officer say you can't take a man's word anymore?
(a) No one has any sense of honor.
(b) His wife cheated on him.
(c) He is angry with the king.
(d) His best friend stole from him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would it look like if Mother Courage backed out on her complaint to the captain?

2. Where is Kattrin's father from?

3. What does the sergeant claim is hypocritical of Mother Courage?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the cook want Mother Courage to come to Utrecht with him?

2. In Scene 6, how does the chaplain begin to see Mother Courage?

3. Why is Mother Courage so protective of her soldiers' shirts?

4. Is "nothing sacred" to Kattrin in the lieutenant's opinion?

5. How brave is Kattrin?

6. How does Mother Courage get her name?

7. Why does "Mother Courage" end with Mother Courage pulling her cart and singing?

8. When Mother Courage refuses to help the peasant family, has Kattrin's defiance of her mother escalated?

9. In Scene 6, does Mother Courage believe Kattrin will ever find a husband? Why or why not?

10. Will the war end now that the commander is dead?

(see the answer keys)

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