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

2. What does Franz hope that his script will do?

3. Who appears out of the cupboards in Leo's office during his fantasy in act 1, scene 3?

4. Where do Leo and Max find Franz in act 1, scene 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Max and Leo convince Roger to direct Springtime for Hitler?

3. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

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

5. Why does Max cast Franz to play Hitler?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Max kneeling in the beginning of act 1, scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of friendship and loyalty as seen in The Producers. What characters exemplify these themes? At what points is it particularly noticeable? Include a strong thesis and examples from the script to back up your statements.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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