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. Who makes up Roger's team (the chorus) in the song in act 1, scene 7?

2. What game must Max play with Hold Me-Touch Me in act 1, scene 9?

3. How does act 1, scene 3 end?

4. What type of a play is The Producers?

5. What word does Leo offer up about the play that helps to convince Roger to direct it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

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

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

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

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

9. What has happened throughout the day that forces Leo to quit his job?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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