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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What body part is one of the peasants missing after their farm is attacked?

3. Mother Courage is afraid they will make Kattrin a ____ if the soldiers see her in Yvette's clothes.

4. What is Mother Courage's opinion of the commander?

5. When Eilif wants to join the army, Mother Courage tells him he's never happy until he's _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the cook not want Kattrin to come to Utrecht?

2. What does the first soldier mean when he says "she made it"?

3. What do the sergeant and recruiting officer think the benefit of war is?

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

5. What is the debate over the legitimacy of the villagers?

6. Has Eilif's brutality finally caught up to him when peace is declared?

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

8. Is Mother Courage angry with Eilif for taking the oxen from the peasants?

9. Why does Mother Courage hesitate to pay for Swiss Cheese's releases?

10. Does Mother Courage seem more human in Scene 8?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Brutality is viewed differently in war and peace. Choose from one of the three topics and discuss Brecht's attitude and the war's attitude towards brutality:

Topic 1) Brutality and Youth.

Topic 2) Brutality and Courage.

Topic 3) Brutality and Impulse.

Essay Topic 2

The character of the chaplain is one that goes through the most dramatic metamorphosis. His role as a religious representative and overturning it is a powerful statement about religion on Brecht's part. What is this statement?

Essay Topic 3

Kattrin is mute and must express herself through mime. A play, however, is centered on dialogue.

Part 1) How is having a silent character a powerful statement in a drama?

Part 2) How is Kattrin a tool in Brecht's portrayal of war?

Part 3) What is invaluable about Kattrin's condition?

Part 4) Who is most impacted by her? Who does she better define?

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