The Producers 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. Where does the author of the play that Max finds in act 1, scene 5 live?

2. How much of a discrepancy is there in Max's books for his last show?

3. When scene one begins, what time is it?

4. What type of a play is The Producers?

5. Where does act 1, scene 2 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leo act around Ulla in act 2, scene 1?

2. What has happened throughout the day that forces Leo to quit his job?

3. What are the old ladies doing in act 1, scene 9 and what is their song about?

4. Why do Max and Leo approach Roger DeBris to direct the play?

5. Why must Roger not hug Carmen at the end of the musical within a musical?

6. Why does Max cast Franz to play Hitler?

7. Why does Max need Leo's help?

8. What is significant about Leo being chastised for being six minutes late?

9. How is Leo's neuroses shown in act 1, scene 2?

10. For what event is Roger dressed up, and who is he going as?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max's morality is called severely into question several times throughout the play. Focus on the little old ladies and his treatment of them. Make a case that Max is a bad person for how he used them or that he was in a morally gray area because he gives them whatever they want.

Essay Topic 2

The Producers is a musical comedy, meaning that there are several songs and dance sequences that take place throughout the show. Discuss the play as a musical. What does music add to the show? What does the show lose by being a musical? What are the defining qualities of a musical and how is it exemplified in The Producers? Does the show itself ever self-mock for being a musical? Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of friendship and loyalty as seen in The Producers. What characters exemplify these themes? At what points is it particularly noticeable? Include a strong thesis and examples from the script to back up your statements.

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