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

In the first scene, Mother Courage prophesies the fates of her children. Mother Courage is also blind to much of reality through the play. Discuss Mother Courage's "prophetic" perception of the world, how she views herself, and how others view her.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"Mother Courage" is full of dark humor and irony. Discuss Brecht's use of these tools in the play. Where does it appear? What affect does it have on the plot and other characters? Is it used effectively?

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