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 does the narrator say Macheath flees to in Act Two Scene Four?

2. Which is NOT one of the soldier's names in the song Macheath and Brown sing at the feast?

3. Who do the thieves sing about in Act One Scene Two?

4. What is Low-Dive Jenny's profession?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where is The Threepenny Opera set? Include the general setting and specific settings.

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

4. How do the thieves feel about Polly's ability to lead? How does she prove herself?

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

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

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

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is an antihero? How does an antihero differ from that of a tragic hero? Which is used in The Threepenny Opera and why?

Essay Topic 2

How does The Threepenny Opera differ from more traditional musicals of its time? How does it differ today? Use examples from the text and references to prior productions to support your claim.

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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