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 firm does Leo Bloom work for?

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

3. Why could Leo and Max go to jail?

4. What are Leo's feelings about his life in act 1, scene 4?

5. What is the subtitle of the play Max finds in act 1, scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are Max and Leo in shock in act 2, scene 5?

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

5. Why does Max need Leo's help?

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

7. How do Max, Leo, and Franz get pardoned?

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

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

10. What are the first impressions given of Franz?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mel Brooks introduces a few female characters who are mostly played for laughs: Ulla and Hold Me-Touch Me (as well as the other little old ladies). Is his treatment of these characters sexist? Why or why not? Points to consider:

1) How the male characters treat the female characters.

2) How the female characters view themselves.

3) The use of sex with these characters.

Create a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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