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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the song the thugs sing at the feast?
(a) Wedding song for the Less Well-off.
(b) The Church Bells of Manchester.
(c) The Day of Bill's Last Breath.
(d) The Wedding Ballad.

2. Which character says, "What I need is artists. Only an artist can tug at anybody's heart strings nowadays"?
(a) Polly.
(b) Macheath.
(c) Mrs. Peachum.
(d) Mr. Peachum.

3. To whom does Mac say "you drink too much"?
(a) Polly.
(b) Jake.
(c) Jenny.
(d) Matthew.

4. What does Mac apologize to Polly for in Act One Scene Two?
(a) The quality of the food.
(b) The lateness of the vicar.
(c) The vulgarity of his friends.
(d) The lack of more presents.

5. What does Mac order the legs cut off from in Act One Scene Two?
(a) The Queen.
(b) A harpsichord.
(c) A piano.
(d) A robber.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Act Two Scene Four take place?

2. Where does Mrs. Peachum go after Act One Scene Three?

3. Who pays Mac a visit in Act One Scene Two?

4. Who does Macheath leave in charge of business when he leaves?

5. What is Jake's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Jenny and Mrs. Peachum argue about in Act Three Scene Seven?

2. Who arrives at Peachum's house as he's preparing the beggars to go to the coronation? Why?

3. Compare and contrast Lucy and Polly. How are they alike? How are they different?

4. Describe Mr. Peachum. What is his business? What is his demeanor toward others?

5. What is the tone of the song "The Ballad of Sexual Obsession"? Who sings it?

6. Who is Lucy and why does Macheath not want her mentioned in the feast scene?

7. Why does Polly go to Lucy's home in Act Three? Does she get what she comes for?

8. Who arrives just before Macheath puts his neck in the noose? What does this character declare?

9. What does Polly tell her parents about her marriage?

10. Where is The Threepenny Opera set? Include the general setting and specific settings.

(see the answer keys)

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