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 does Leo think of Max when he first meets him?

2. How does act 1, scene 3 end?

3. Why does Max allow the woman to audition ahead of time?

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

5. In Leo's fantasy in act 1, scene 3, what is glowing on the marquee?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the point of having Franz talk to pigeons?

2. What is Max's job and his history with show business?

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

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

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

6. What is significant about the references to homosexuality in act 2, scene 2?

7. Describe Leo's fantasy sequence.

8. Why do Max and Leo approach Roger DeBris to direct the play?

9. What is significant about Leo being chastised for being six minutes late?

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

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

In the character of Ulla, the archetype of the "dumb blond" is brought into the show. However, in many ways, Ulla defies that particular stereotype. Write an essay about how Ulla manages to simultaneously embody the stereotype while being her own character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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