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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What happens to Franz when he tries to escape the office in act 2, scene 5?
2. What does Max give to Leo in act 2, scene 9?
3. Who is the only person who can take over for Franz in act 2, scene 3?
4. What does Leo do after Ulla kisses him in act 2, scene 1?
5. Who is leading the chorus girls during act 2, scene 8?
Essay Topic 1
How does Leo's character develop over the course of the play? What changes in him? What stays the same? Why does he change? Include in your answer points about his friendship with Max, the romance with Ulla, and how Leo left for Rio after their show did not flop.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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