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 Leo go in act 1, scene 4?

2. Who makes up Roger's team (the chorus) in the song in act 1, scene 7?

3. What does the chorus dance with in act 1, scene 9?

4. What does Max vow to do at the end of act 1, scene 1?

5. Who is Roger hoping to look like for the evening's event in act 1, scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the production of Springtime for Hitler.

2. What is Leo's analysis of the possibility of going to jail?

3. How do Max, Leo, and Franz get pardoned?

4. What is significant about Max's gift to Leo in act 2, scene 9?

5. Why does Franz threaten to shoot Max and Leo?

6. What does Leo sing about in act 2, scene 1, and how does it affect Ulla?

7. Describe Leo's fantasy sequence.

8. What are the first impressions given of Franz?

9. What effects are used at the end of act 1, scene 4, and why?

10. How is Max responsible for Leo's absence in act 2, scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another theme of The Producers is in redemption. How does Max seek redemption throughout the play? How does Leo find redemption? How does Franz attempt to do this for Hitler? What other characters are seeking to redeem themselves in this show? What is the playwright's intent by having all these characters come together? Do they succeed? Why or why not?

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

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) The significance of Roger hugging Ulla and not Carmen at curtain call.

2) The people who will be hurt by Max and Leo's scheme.

3) The rituals and singing that Max and Leo must do to appease Franz for the rights to his play.

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