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 Jake's nickname?

2. What does Macheath say he's "going to go over" to in a few weeks?

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

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

5. Does Macheath want Polly to let out his rooms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is The Cannon Song about? Who sings it?

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

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

4. Describe Macheath's relationship to Jenny.

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

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

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

8. What sort of stock character does Polly most closely resemble? Is she a likable character? Why or why not?

9. Who sings "Call from the Grave"? What is the song about?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe examples of how Brecht's life is reflected in The Threepenny Opera. How are his political beliefs reflected? How is his personal life reflected? How does he reflect upon his career in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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