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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 does the chorus dance with in act 1, scene 9?

2. How does act 1, scene 3 end?

3. How is Leo's fantasy abruptly interrupted in act 1, scene 3?

4. In act 1, scene 8, what do Max and Leo bring back to the office after meeting with Roger?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

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

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

5. How does Act 1 end?

6. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

7. For what event is Roger dressed up, and who is he going as?

8. What are Max and Leo's plans for the future at the end of the musical?

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

10. What is significant about Bialystock being middle-aged and disheveled?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Franz Liebkind is a strange character for Jewish men such as Max and Leo to be associated. This essay will explore the character of Franz:

Part 1) How is Franz introduced? What is he wearing?

Part 2) What are his feelings about Hitler? What does he hope to accomplish with Springtime for Hitler?

Part 3) What are signs of his mental instability?

Part 4) How does Franz change throughout the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) The significance of Roger hugging Ulla and not Carmen at curtain call.

2) The people who will be hurt by Max and Leo's scheme.

3) The rituals and singing that Max and Leo must do to appease Franz for the rights to his play.

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