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 is the backdrop of act 1, Scene 9?

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

3. What time is it at the beginning of act 1, scene 5?

4. What happens when the stage goes dark at the end of act 1, scene 4?

5. What is Franz doing at the beginning of act 1, scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Act 1 end?

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

3. What is significant about Max and Leo staying up all night in act 1, scene 5?

4. Who is Ulla?

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

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

7. What is offered to Ulla by the end of act 1, scene 8?

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

9. What is Franz's mission with his script?

10. What does it mean that Franz's only preparation for the show is to put on a Hitler mustache?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max and Leo are the center of The Producers, particularly the evolution of their friendship and how it changes them. Cite specific examples from the script.

Part 1) Compare and contrast Max and Leo. How are the men similar? How are they different?

Part 2) How does Max and Leo change over the course of the play? Do they change each other? How is this known?

Part 3) How does Leo's abandonment of Max test their friendship? Why Leo leave him?

Part 4) What do each of men teach each other? Do they emerge from their ordeal better people?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1) Use of wordplay in Ulla's character.

2) The stereotypes of the gay community during the scene at Roger's apartment.

3) Theatrical superstition in the script.

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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