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

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

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

4. What is so special about the capon Mother Courage tries to sell?
(a) It could live forever.
(b) It had many children.
(c) It was intelligent.
(d) It was magical.

5. Why shouldn't Kattrin run in to the peasants' house?
(a) There's a gas leak.
(b) There are soldiers inside.
(c) Mother Courage told her not to.
(d) The roof is going to fall in.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the first soldier want brandy?

2. What kind of rage does Mother Courage think the young soldier has?

3. Why does Yvette drink in the morning?

4. What does the sergeant predict Swiss Cheese's nationality is?

5. What is the first soldier wearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mother Courage's advice to the young soldier about anger and injustice?

2. How does Mother Courage get her name?

3. Why is the young soldier outraged?

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

5. Does Mother Courage think Kattrin will have an easy life as a wife?

6. Why does Kattrin run out to the peasant's house in Scene 5?

7. Why is Kattrin mute?

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

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

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

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