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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. Why does the older soldier tell the young soldier to be quiet?

2. Why does Kattrin get very anxious while the injured peasants are in her tent?

3. Mother Courage observes that Kattrin "sits, happy as a _______ in all this misery" of the suffering peasants.

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

5. Why does Mother Courage claim her price is a good one for a bird at this time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Kattrin mute?

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

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

6. Why does Kattrin refuse to come out of the wagon through Scene 8?

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

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

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

10. What compels Kattrin to climb to the roof?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There can be a fine line between lie and delusion in "Mother Courage".

Part 1: What are characters' relationships with lying and deceit?

Part 2: What are characters' relationships with delusions?

Part 3: What are the cause and effect relationships between these two? What connects them? What is Brecht's purpose in this?

Essay Topic 3

Sacrifice makes and breaks the fates of characters in "Mother Courage". Discuss selfishness, sacrifice, and martyrdom in the play: the foreshadowing and repercussions.

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