Mother Courage and Her Children Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How cheaply does the officer sell bullets for?

2. What does the recruiting officer offer Eilif if he joins the army?

3. What happens to Yvette's first love?

4. What does the clerk know about Mother Courage?

5. What is Swiss Cheese's real name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do all of Mother Courage's children have names of different origins?

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

4. How does Mother Courage get her name?

5. What issue does the sergeant have with peace?

6. In Mother Courage's opinion, why is being seated not revolting?

7. Has Yvette benefited from the war?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Brecht's use of compassion and depravity side-by-side in "Mother Courage".

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

Discuss what characterizes and defines the climax and denouement of "Mother Courage".

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