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 nickname does Macheath refer to Tiger Brown as?

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

3. What is the celebration for in Act One Scene Two?

4. Who is Matthew?

5. For whom does the character Matt work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the song "Ballade of Immoral Earnings" about? Who sings it?

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

6. What is the tone of the song "The Ballad of Sexual Obsession"? Who sings it?

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

8. What is the song Pirate Jenny about? Who sings it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 the major conflict in The Threepenny Opera? Define this conflict in both literal terms and symbolic or figurative terms. Where does the conflict arise? Which characters are in conflict? How?

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