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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 recruiting officer say you can't take a man's word anymore?

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

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

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

5. How cheaply does the officer sell bullets for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Kattrin mute?

3. Why is Mother Courage initially upset when she finds out the war is over?

4. What affect does Mother Courage's performance of "The Song of Great Capitulation" have?

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

6. How brave is Kattrin?

7. Why does Mother Courage choose to leave the cook behind?

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

9. Why is Eilif a hero in the commander's eyes?

10. Why is Mother Courage frantic to dress Kattrin more modestly and smear ashes on her face?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The lives and deaths of characters and the fate of relationships are frequently affected by their dependency on money or success. Discuss Brecht's commentary on humanity and war based on his use of money in "Mother Courage".

Essay Topic 3

Virtue is valued differently in times of peace and war and is used as a commodity throughout the play. Discuss the purpose of "virtue" to the characters of "Mother Courage" and the play's statement of war as a whole.

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