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. How does Leo escape his dismal mood in act 1, scene 3?

2. What does Leo give his boss at the end of act 1, scene 3?

3. In act 1, scene 4, what decision does Leo tell Max?

4. How does Roger feel about the script for Springtime for Hitler?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the Homburg-style hat?

2. What is Max's job and his history with show business?

3. Describe Roger's production team.

4. How is Max's treatment of the old ladies different from how everyone views him at the end of the act?

5. Why are Max and Leo in shock in act 2, scene 5?

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

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

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

9. What is significant about Bialystock being middle-aged and disheveled?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how each of these styles of comedy is used within The Producers:

1) Parody.

2) Irony.

3) Character comedy.

4) Slapstick.

5) Wordplay.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Through The Producers, groups of people and stereotypes are used for laughs (for example, the homosexual production crew and Ulla being a "dumb blond"). However, the only group that is openly mocked and thought of derisively is the Nazi party. Explore the differences in humor between one group and the other. How can all these groups people be played for laughs, though only one group is ever done with the intention of mocking? What is the playwright's intent in this? Does it seem to be deliberate? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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