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. When scene one begins, what time is it?

2. Where is Leo coming from in the beginning of act1, scene 4?

3. Where does Leo go in act 1, scene 4?

4. What does Max tell Leo about producers and money in act 1, scene 8?

5. Where do Leo and Max find Franz in act 1, scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the beginning of the musical, what has happened to Bialystock's latest production and why?

3. Why does Max need Leo's help?

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

5. What is significant about Leo dropping his blue blanket in act 2, scene 1?

6. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

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

8. What wordplay is being used to comical affect with Ulla?

9. How is Leo atypical from the other accountants?

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

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 2

Describe, in detail, the behind-the-scenes and on-stage production of Springtime for Hitler. Include the following:

1) The differences of Franz, Roger, and Max's visions of the play.

2) Roger's portrayal of Hitler.

3) Ulla's role in the play.

4) German stereotypes and cliches.

5) The outcome of the performance.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of irony in The Producers. Include the following points:

1) Max and Leo producing a show about Hitler.

2) How everyone sees Max as a hero for getting the money for the show.

3) Max and Leo's failure to produce a failed show.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

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