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. According to Max, what must the author of the play be used to?

2. Who is Leo's boss at his accounting firm?

3. What happens when that causes Leo to end up in the fetal position in act 1, scene 2?

4. What song does the doorbell at Roger's apartment play?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens on-stage after Max, Leo, and Franz are pardoned.

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

3. Why does Max need Leo's help?

4. How does Act 1 end?

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

6. Why does Max cast Franz to play Hitler?

7. How do Max and Leo convince Roger to direct Springtime for Hitler?

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

9. How has Ulla transformed Max and Leo's office, and what does it signify?

10. What must Leo and Max do in order to secure the rights for Springtime for Hitler?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the author of this play able to use a musical such as Springtime for Hitler? Why is he able to make it funny? What are the intentions of the author in turning the musical within a musical into a joke?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the significance of the author and the lead characters of The Producers being Jewish. Include the following:

Part 1) The treatment of Springtime for Hitler.

Part 2) Leo and Max's reactions to Franz.

Part 3) The irony of two Jewish men putting on a play about a sympathetic Hitler.

Part 4) The author's intentions in mocking Hitler and the Nazi party.

Create a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the script to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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