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 happens when the stage goes dark at the end of act 1, scene 4?

2. How does Leo escape his dismal mood in act 1, scene 3?

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

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

5. What is Max hoping to find in 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. How does Max propose to go about his new idea?

3. Describe what happens on-stage after Max, Leo, and Franz are pardoned.

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

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

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

7. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

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

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

10. Why is Leo absent in act 2, scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max's morality is called severely into question several times throughout the play. Focus on the little old ladies and his treatment of them. Make a case that Max is a bad person for how he used them or that he was in a morally gray area because he gives them whatever they want.

Essay Topic 2

Why is The Producers set in 1959? How is it significant to the story? To the characters? How would an audience in 1959 react to a sympathetic musical about Hitler? Could this musical be set in any other period of time? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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