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. Where is Polly to send Macheath's money?

2. What is the song about that Polly sings for the thugs?

3. What does Mr. Peachum hold in his hand when singing "First Threepenny Finale"?

4. When does Matthew say the Archbishop of Canterbury is to arrive?

5. For whom does the character Matt work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tiger Brown feel about Macheath's arrest? Why?

2. How does Polly feel about her new life and surroundings in Act One Scene Two? Why?

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

4. What does Peachum say to Brown to convince him not to arrest him?

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

6. What do Macheath and Brown discuss in Act Three Scene Nine? Why?

7. What does Lucy refer to Polly as in Act Three? Why?

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

9. What happens in Act Three, Scene Eight that makes Polly begin crying? Who arrives to take her away?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Brecht's use of "Irony" in The Threepenny Opera. What are the different forms of irony and how are each illustrated within the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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