The Threepenny Opera Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character says, "You get that every day at Mac the Knife's. You've landed in the honey pot all right."

2. What is the reward for turning in Macheath?

3. What nickname does Macheath refer to Tiger Brown as?

4. Where is Polly to send Macheath's money?

5. What is the celebration for in Act One Scene Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Brecht use multimedia in The Threepenny Opera? Why?

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

3. What is the song "Ballade of Immoral Earnings" about? Who sings it?

4. Where does Act Three, Scene Nine take place? Who, in addition to Macheath, is here?

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

6. Why doesn't Tiger Brown arrest Macheath? What is their relationship?

7. What does Mr. Peachum say about Mr. Filch? Does he like this character? Why or why not?

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

9. Who comes to see Macheath in the last scene? Why?

10. What does Lucy reveal to Polly in Act Three at her home? Why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe examples of foreshadowing in The Threepenny Opera. Define the term "Foreshadowing" and explain how and why Brecht uses it in the play. Cite examples from the text, the songs, and the actions of characters in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Brecht's allusions to the Bible in The Threepenny Opera. Who quotes passages from the Bible and what purpose do they serve? What symbols can be seen as Biblical references? What point (or points) regarding religion do you think Brecht is portraying in this play?

Essay Topic 3

What is the major conflict in The Threepenny Opera? Define this conflict in both literal terms and symbolic or figurative terms. Where does the conflict arise? Which characters are in conflict? How?

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