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. What happens to the soldier's in Macheath and Brown's ballad in Act One?

2. Where does Macheath have a scar?

3. Who does Peachum take with him to see the Sheriff?

4. Which character is beaten for begging on the streets without a license?

5. For whom does the character Matt work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the last song Macheath sings? What is it about?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do the Peachum's suggest Polly do about her marriage? What is her response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how the allusion to Judas' betrayal relates to The Threepenny Opera. Which character is seen as Judas? What actions does that character do similarly and what is the outcome of those actions? Are there consequences for those actions?

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

If Brecht is alive today, what do you think he says about American politics and social philosophy? What does he say globally? Use examples from the text and Brecht's life to support your discussion.

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