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. What was Max once considered prior to this show?

2. How much money does Max say they need for their plan to work?

3. What does Max put on before he and Leo leave the office in act 1, scene 5?

4. What does Leo request to wear before leaving the office in act 1, scene 5?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Max kneeling in the beginning of act 1, scene 4?

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

3. How does Max propose to go about his new idea?

4. Why is Leo disgusted by the script Max chooses?

5. Describe Leo's fantasy sequence.

6. What is significant about Ulla's entrance in act 2, scene 3?

7. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

8. What is the theatrical superstition detailed in act 2, scene 3?

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

10. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mel Brooks introduces a few female characters who are mostly played for laughs: Ulla and Hold Me-Touch Me (as well as the other little old ladies). Is his treatment of these characters sexist? Why or why not? Points to consider:

1) How the male characters treat the female characters.

2) How the female characters view themselves.

3) The use of sex with these characters.

Create a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the use of homosexuality in The Producers. Points to be considered include:

1) The characters of Roger DeBris and his production team.

2) Franz's objections to the gay men auditioning for the role of Hitler.

3) Roger's portrayal of Hitler.

4) The irony of several homosexuals working on a musical about Hitler.

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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