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. What is Macheath's "Tragic Flaw"?

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

3. The Solomon Song is sung by whom?

4. Which prostitute has underwear with the "black lace border"?

5. When is Macheath hanged?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe the theme of The Threepenny Opera. How is this theme executed? How does the theme represent Brecht's sociopolitical views?

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