The Memorandum Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is it about the letter Gross receives that gets his attention, why is it significant to the play, and how does Gross react to it?

Gross receives a memorandum that appears to be written in a nonsensical language that he cannot understand. He reads it out loud in order to try and make sense of it, but it is to no avail. It is significant as the first introduction the audience has to Ptydepe.

2. What do we notice right away about the relationship between Ballas and Pillar?

Even in the first scene, it is evident that Ballas looks to Pillar for approval and confirmation in the things he says as well as the decisions he makes. Also, Pillar remains silent and does not say a word, providing his consent by nodding.

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