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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. Where does the narrator say Macheath flees to in Act Two Scene Four?
(a) Edinburgh.
(b) The northern countryside.
(c) Highgate.
(d) Scotland.

2. Who does Peachum take with him to see the Sheriff?
(a) Macheath.
(b) Lucy.
(c) Polly.
(d) Mrs. Peachum.

3. What is the celebration for in Act One Scene Two?
(a) The Queen's coronation.
(b) Macheath's wedding to Polly.
(c) The marriage of Macheath and Lucy.
(d) A robbery.

4. What does Mr. Peachum hold in his hand when singing "First Threepenny Finale"?
(a) A walking stick.
(b) A picket sign.
(c) A gun.
(d) A Bible.

5. Why do the beggars return to Peachum's shop in Act One Scene Three?
(a) To give news from Macheath.
(b) To complain about their costumes.
(c) To ask for money.
(d) To take Polly away.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the song the thugs sing at the feast?

2. What does Mac order the legs cut off from in Act One Scene Two?

3. Who is the main character in The Threepenny Opera?

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

5. What play is The Threepenny Opera based upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the mannerisms of the gang. How does Macheath feel about them?

2. How is Lucy related to Tiger Brown? Why does this create conflict in the play?

3. Why is Polly upset when she meets Macheath in Act Two at the stable?

4. What is the setting for Act One Scene Two? Why is this significant?

5. How does Mr. Peachum feel about Polly's marriage? Why?

6. What is an antihero? How is an antihero different from a tragic hero?

7. Why does Brecht choose to interrupt the action with songs? What effect does this achieve?

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

9. What does Jenny tell Macheath when she reads his palm?

10. What are the gang's plans for the coronation? What does Macheath tell them?

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