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 does Max plan to raise the money needed for the play?

2. What is Max hoping to find in act 1, scene 5?

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

4. What is the name of the show that has opened and closed in the same night in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. What must Max and Leo sing and dance to with Franz?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Max need Leo's help?

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

3. Why does Franz threaten to shoot Max and Leo?

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

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

6. What is significant about Ulla's song?

7. What are the old ladies doing in act 1, scene 9 and what is their song about?

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

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

10. What does Max vow to do at the end of act 1, scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how each of these styles of comedy is used within The Producers:

1) Parody.

2) Irony.

3) Character comedy.

4) Slapstick.

5) Wordplay.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the significance of the author and the lead characters of The Producers being Jewish. Include the following:

Part 1) The treatment of Springtime for Hitler.

Part 2) Leo and Max's reactions to Franz.

Part 3) The irony of two Jewish men putting on a play about a sympathetic Hitler.

Part 4) The author's intentions in mocking Hitler and the Nazi party.

Create a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the script to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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