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 the point of the sound effect at the end of act 1, scene 4?

2. What is Max's idea at the end of act 1, scene 2?

3. What does Franz hope that his script will do?

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

5. At the end of act 1, scene 8, where does Max tell Leo he will be going?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Max sum up about the author of Springtime for Hitler?

2. What is Max's job and his history with show business?

3. Who is Ulla?

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

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

6. Who is Hold-Me Touch-Me?

7. What is significant about Leo being chastised for being six minutes late?

8. What is significant about Ulla's entrance in act 2, scene 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the character of Ulla, the archetype of the "dumb blond" is brought into the show. However, in many ways, Ulla defies that particular stereotype. Write an essay about how Ulla manages to simultaneously embody the stereotype while being her own character.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write about:

1) The significance of Roger hugging Ulla and not Carmen at curtain call.

2) The people who will be hurt by Max and Leo's scheme.

3) The rituals and singing that Max and Leo must do to appease Franz for the rights to his play.

Essay Topic 3

One comedy style used heavily in this play is parody. Because of Max and Leo's poor producing of Springtime for Hitler (already a terrible script) and Roger's flamboyant portrayal of Hitler, the audiences believe that the show is meant to be comical parody. Discuss how this misconception happened. Include the former points and take into account the time period the play is meant to be set in. Cite specific examples from the script to support your statements.

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