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. How old is Bialystock?

2. How does Leo feel about Ulla after meeting her in act 1, scene 8?

3. What is Bialystock hiding his face behind when he first enters at the beginning of the show?

4. What appears at the end of Max and Leo's song in act 1, scene 4?

5. What is Leo's opinion about his accounting clients?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Max sum up about the author of Springtime for Hitler?

2. How are the auditions run for Springtime for Hitler?

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

4. What is significant about Ulla's song?

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

6. How is Max's treatment of the old ladies different from how everyone views him at the end of the act?

7. How is Leo's neuroses shown in act 1, scene 2?

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

9. Why must Roger not hug Carmen at the end of the musical within a musical?

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

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

How does Leo's character develop over the course of the play? What changes in him? What stays the same? Why does he change? Include in your answer points about his friendship with Max, the romance with Ulla, and how Leo left for Rio after their show did not flop.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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