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 is the backdrop of act 1, Scene 9?

2. What is Franz wearing when Max and Leo find him?

3. Why does Leo nearly lose his temper while singing with Franz?

4. Why could Leo and Max go to jail?

5. What happens during Leo's fantasy sequence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Roger end up playing Hitler?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Franz react to the people auditioning for the play?

8. Why does Max need Leo's help?

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

10. What does Leo sing about in act 2, scene 1, and how does it affect Ulla?

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

Another theme of The Producers is in redemption. How does Max seek redemption throughout the play? How does Leo find redemption? How does Franz attempt to do this for Hitler? What other characters are seeking to redeem themselves in this show? What is the playwright's intent by having all these characters come together? Do they succeed? Why or why not?

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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