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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do Max and Leo sing about in act 2, scene 9?
2. What does Max give to Leo in act 2, scene 9?
3. What does Roger do after the dance audition in act 2, scene 2?
4. What do the producers realize they do not have for Franz in act 2, scene 3?
5. What big mistake does Leo make in act 2, scene 3?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why is The Producers set in 1959? How is it significant to the story? To the characters? How would an audience in 1959 react to a sympathetic musical about Hitler? Could this musical be set in any other period of time? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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