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 does Polly bring with her to see Macheath in Act Two Scene Four?

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

3. Where does Macheath have a scar?

4. Who does Macheath leave in charge of business when he leaves?

5. Which character says, "What do you mean, pretty? It's not pretty, you idiot! It's art, it's not pretty."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Lucy and why does Macheath not want her mentioned in the feast scene?

3. What does Polly do with Macheath's profits? How does that affect the outcome of his fate in Act Three?

4. What is Peachum arranging the beggars to do in Act Three? Why?

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

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

7. What do Jenny and Mrs. Peachum argue about in Act Three Scene Seven?

8. Who arrives at Peachum's house as he's preparing the beggars to go to the coronation? Why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe how exposition is illustrated in The Threepenny Opera. What does "Exposition" mean? What are the different methods of exposition and what is the primary method implemented in The Threepenny Opera?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is Macheath's "Tragic Flaw"? How is this exemplified in the play? What are his noble characteristics? Compare and contrast the two.

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