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. Who is the author of the play Max finds in act 1, scene 5?

2. Which character is NOT singing about Max and Leo at the end of act 1, scene 9?

3. What year is it as the play begins?

4. To whom do Max and Leo swear their allegiance, per the oath with Franz?

5. According to the three old ladies in act 1, scene 9, what do they really want in life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is offered to Ulla by the end of act 1, scene 8?

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

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

6. What is significant about Max and Leo staying up all night in act 1, scene 5?

7. What is the theatrical superstition detailed in act 2, scene 3?

8. How does Leo end up coming to Max's defense in the courtroom?

9. What is significant about the Homburg-style hat?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following topics to write about:

1) Use of wordplay in Ulla's character.

2) The stereotypes of the gay community during the scene at Roger's apartment.

3) Theatrical superstition in the script.

Essay Topic 2

Franz Liebkind is a strange character for Jewish men such as Max and Leo to be associated. This essay will explore the character of Franz:

Part 1) How is Franz introduced? What is he wearing?

Part 2) What are his feelings about Hitler? What does he hope to accomplish with Springtime for Hitler?

Part 3) What are signs of his mental instability?

Part 4) How does Franz change throughout the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Why is The Producers set in 1959? How is it significant to the story? To the characters? How would an audience in 1959 react to a sympathetic musical about Hitler? Could this musical be set in any other period of time? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

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