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 Max Bialystock's profession?

2. What does Leo get in trouble for when he arrives at the office in act 1, scene 3?

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

4. What does Max yell out the window to the woman outside in act 1, scene 2?

5. What happens when that causes Leo to end up in the fetal position in act 1, scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is hurting Max the most in act 2, scene 7?

4. Who is Ulla?

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

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

7. What is significant about Ulla's song?

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

9. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

10. How does Act 1 end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through The Producers, groups of people and stereotypes are used for laughs (for example, the homosexual production crew and Ulla being a "dumb blond"). However, the only group that is openly mocked and thought of derisively is the Nazi party. Explore the differences in humor between one group and the other. How can all these groups people be played for laughs, though only one group is ever done with the intention of mocking? What is the playwright's intent in this? Does it seem to be deliberate? Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Describe, in detail, the behind-the-scenes and on-stage production of Springtime for Hitler. Include the following:

1) The differences of Franz, Roger, and Max's visions of the play.

2) Roger's portrayal of Hitler.

3) Ulla's role in the play.

4) German stereotypes and cliches.

5) The outcome of the performance.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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