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 Max hoping to find in act 1, scene 5?

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

3. What does Franz deny being a member of?

4. Who is Roger DeBris?

5. Where does act 1, scene 2 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Leo's fantasy sequence.

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

3. What are some of the things Max does to procure the funds for Springtime for Hitler?

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

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

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

7. How has Ulla transformed Max and Leo's office, and what does it signify?

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

9. What are the first impressions given of Franz?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the significance of the author and the lead characters of The Producers being Jewish. Include the following:

Part 1) The treatment of Springtime for Hitler.

Part 2) Leo and Max's reactions to Franz.

Part 3) The irony of two Jewish men putting on a play about a sympathetic Hitler.

Part 4) The author's intentions in mocking Hitler and the Nazi party.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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