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 much of a discrepancy is there in Max's books for his last show?

2. Why does Roger initially refuse to direct the musical?

3. What firm does Leo Bloom work for?

4. What does Leo give his boss at the end of act 1, scene 3?

5. What do Leo and the other accountants sing about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Leo's analysis of the possibility of going to jail?

3. What is significant about Bialystock being middle-aged and disheveled?

4. How does Max propose to go about his new idea?

5. How is Leo atypical from the other accountants?

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

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

8. Why does Max cast Franz to play Hitler?

9. In the beginning of the musical, what has happened to Bialystock's latest production and why?

10. How is Max responsible for Leo's absence in act 2, scene 6?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the use of irony in The Producers. Include the following points:

1) Max and Leo producing a show about Hitler.

2) How everyone sees Max as a hero for getting the money for the show.

3) Max and Leo's failure to produce a failed show.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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