The Producers Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 initially believe when they walk into their office at the beginning of Act 2?

2. How is the off-stage action with Franz noted on stage in act 2, scene 3?

3. What does Franz have to do before he goes on stage in act 2, scene 3?

4. What does Leo send Max in act 2, scene 6?

5. What does Max give to Leo in act 2, scene 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Max and Leo are the center of The Producers, particularly the evolution of their friendship and how it changes them. Cite specific examples from the script.

Part 1) Compare and contrast Max and Leo. How are the men similar? How are they different?

Part 2) How does Max and Leo change over the course of the play? Do they change each other? How is this known?

Part 3) How does Leo's abandonment of Max test their friendship? Why Leo leave him?

Part 4) What do each of men teach each other? Do they emerge from their ordeal better people?

Essay Topic 2

Mel Brooks introduces a few female characters who are mostly played for laughs: Ulla and Hold Me-Touch Me (as well as the other little old ladies). Is his treatment of these characters sexist? Why or why not? Points to consider:

1) How the male characters treat the female characters.

2) How the female characters view themselves.

3) The use of sex with these characters.

Create a strong thesis and cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The Producers is a musical comedy, meaning that there are several songs and dance sequences that take place throughout the show. Discuss the play as a musical. What does music add to the show? What does the show lose by being a musical? What are the defining qualities of a musical and how is it exemplified in The Producers? Does the show itself ever self-mock for being a musical? Cite specific examples from the text to support your statements.

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