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 is the reward for turning in Macheath?

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

3. Who is Mr. Peachum's daughter?

4. What is Matthew's nickname?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Polly tell her parents about her marriage?

8. What does Jenny tell Macheath when she reads his palm?

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

10. Describe Macheath's relationship to Jenny.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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

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