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

2. What realization does Max have about Franz during the audition in act 2, scene 2?

3. What does Franz claim about Hitler?

4. What does Max say is worse than being guilty in act 2, scene 7?

5. What must Leo now say instead of his previous statements in act 2, scene 3?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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