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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 does Gross fear if he does not agree to the switch?
2. What does Lear take a great deal of time to do?
3. What does Gross ask Lear to do for him in Act 1, Scene 5?
4. What does Ballas ask Gross at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?
5. Who gets quizzed along with Gross on their knowledge of Ptydepe?
Short Essay Questions
1. What important message does Maria give to Gross at the beginning of the second part of Act 2, Scene 9, part 2 about winning, and how does it apply to his situation?
2. What do Hana's habits and actions symbolize?
3. After all of the speculation throughout the play, what are the contents of Gross' memo revealed to be, and what effect does this have on him?
4. What is significant about Gross' search for cigarettes and what does Havel use it to represent in the play?
5. What are some examples in Scene 6 of Gross being continually kept of the loop?
6. What is Ballas' new offer to Gross, and what is the cause of it as well as the reasoning behind it?
7. How is Lear's explanation of Ptydepe used to display the arrogance and self-indulgent actions of bureaucrats?
8. What is Lear lecturing about during Act 2, Scene 11, and why does it cause Gross to stop and listen?
9. What does Havel use the reference of a theater to symbolize?
10. What does the number of students in Lear's class in Act 2, Scene 11 say about his lecture topic, and the state of the company in general?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the characters that display Havel's satire the most is Hana. Describe her actions throughout the play and how they become a part of the humor that accompanies satire. Also, what is her place within the bureaucracy and what do her daily activities say about it in a larger sense?
Essay Topic 2
As the play ends, there are two possible outcomes for Gross based on the decision he makes. Use the following format to present a case for both. Make sure to include examples from the play to support your cases.
1) First, explain why Gross' decision means that he will most likely never be able to make a difference at the company, and eventually might even stop trying altogether.
2) Second, explain why Gross' decision means that he will continue to fight from within the company, and eventually make a difference by stopping the bureaucracy, and gaining his independence in the process.
3) Finally, explain what will happen in your opinion. Which one of the above cases do you agree with and why?
Essay Topic 3
In Scene 5 of Act 1, an important point is made with the correlation between Gross' pursuit of knowledge (the translation of the memo) and his lack of knowledge. This creates a never ending circle where no logical way out exits for Gross.
1) Explain in detail what the significance of the knowledge is to the play in general, and in the scene specifically. Also, describe the irony of Gross' situation. What does the fact that he cannot answer the questions correctly symbolize? His lack of answers also displays a lack of something else. What is it and is why is it important to the point Havel is making about bureaucracy overall?
2) Staying with the theme of knowledge, which characters are allowed to have it? Do they really possess it, or is it only a perception portrayed to the characters that are kept from knowledge? Why is this necessary for the people to retain their power?
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