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 tells Polly that Macheath has several women?

2. Who sings at the end of Act One Scene Two?

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

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

5. Who sings "Barbara Song"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lucy refer to Polly as in Act Three? Why?

3. What does Peachum tell Brown about the historical police captain? Why?

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

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

6. What is "The Solomon Song" about? Who sings it?

7. What is Lucy's relationship to Macheath?

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

9. What does Mrs. Peachum tell Polly about Macheath's history?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the definition of "Art" a thematic point in the play The Threepenny Opera? Who describes his/her views on Art as a tool? What is it used as a tool for? How?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

How is "Human Nature" portrayed in The Threepenny Opera? Who speaks (and/or sings) about human nature? Do you think this is Brecht's point of view as well? Why or why not?

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