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 does the chorus dance with in act 1, scene 9?

2. What is Bialystock hiding his face behind when he first enters at the beginning of the show?

3. What is the point of the sound effect at the end of act 1, scene 4?

4. How does the banner dropped at the end of act 1, scene 9 describe Max and Leo's show?

5. How does Leo feel about Ulla after meeting her in act 1, scene 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Leo's fantasy sequence.

2. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

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

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

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

6. What is significant about the references to homosexuality in act 2, scene 2?

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

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

9. How is Leo's neuroses shown in act 1, scene 2?

10. How has Ulla transformed Max and Leo's office, and what does it signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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?

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