Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Prologue and Scene 1 Abstract
* Set in lower-class mid-18th century London, filled with beggars, thieves and prostitutes, a ballad singer sings about Macheath, who is a lowlife crime boss nicknamed Mac the Knife.
* A narrator introduces Peachum, who is the proprietor of a "beggar's emporium", where he runs an underground market, dressing beggars for sympathy...
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