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. Who is Matthew?

2. How many shopkeepers does Macheath kill, according to his charges?

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

4. Which character says, "Where'er you go I shall be with you"?

5. Who is spoken to in an "aside"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the story told in The Barbara Song. Who sings it?

2. What is the purpose of the prologue? Who sings it? What does it inform the audience?

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

4. What does Macheath do in order to attempt to escape in Act Three Scene Nine?

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

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

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

8. Who is Low-Dive Jenny? What does she do for a living? What does she look like?

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

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 the time period and setting of The Threepenny Opera. What events occur to create the economic and social climate that the play inhabits? How does this play into the musical?

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

Macheath and Mr. Peachum are the driving forces in The Threepenny Opera. Compare and contrast these. How are they alike? How are they different? What do they symbolize in regards to the theme?

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