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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 is the sergeant's problem with peace?
(a) There is no organization.
(b) Peace is boring.
(c) He doesn't make any money.
(d) He has to see his wife more.

2. How much does the cook end up buying the capon for?
(a) One guilder.
(b) Fifty hellers.
(c) Twenty hellers.
(d) Ten hellers.

3. What are the peasants Eilif attacks doing with their food?
(a) Throwing it away.
(b) Hiding it.
(c) Selling it.
(d) They have none.

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

5. Where in the world is Mother Courage's family from?
(a) Bavaria.
(b) Holland.
(c) America.
(d) France.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mother Courage take from the soldier as payment?

2. What does Mother Courage compare mixing the slips of paper in the helmet to?

3. Why does the recruiting officer say you can't take a man's word anymore?

4. Who does Eilif aspire to be like?

5. When her mother doesn't help the peasants, why does Kattrin pick up the wooden board in the tent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does Mother Courage's false hope give her strength to carry on?

3. Why does Mother Courage claim 60 hellers is a good deal for a cabon?

4. How does Mother Courage get her name?

5. Earlier in the play, would we have expected Mother Courage to go with the cook? Why/how has she changed?

6. Does the chaplain see a difference between war and peace?

7. Why does Mother Courage continue to talk with the sergeant and recruiting officer even though they are trying to recruit her sons into the army?

8. Has Mother Courage learned anything by the end of the play?

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

10. Why does Mother Courage sing "The Song of Great Capitulation" to calm the young soldier?

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