Mother Courage and Her Children Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should the cook talk quietly when he is talking to Mother Courage about the inn?

2. What does the chaplain call the cook?

3. The chaplain has _____ feelings for Mother Courage.

4. Where is Mother Courage when the soldiers come to the farmhouse?

5. According to the cook, what kind of life is a cook's life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the pivotal scene of false peace in "Mother Courage", both Kattrin and Yvette come out of the war 'deformed' in some way. Discuss characters' deformities and demises in conjuncture with their personalities.

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