The Threepenny Opera Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who sings the song, "What Keeps Mankind Alive"?

2. What do the prostitutes talk about after Jenny's exit in the brothel?

3. Where is Lucy's bedroom?

4. Who sings "Ballade of Immoral Earnings"?

5. Where does Mac say he learns "a deep withering stare"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Define the term Deus Ex Machina. Where does this theatrical device originate? How does it apply to The Threepenny Opera? Why do you think Brecht chooses to implement this?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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