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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 Hana repeatedly ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 4?
2. Who does Ballas point out is in control of Ptydepe?
3. Where does Gross wish he could return to at the end of Acct 1, Scene 4?
4. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?
5. What is Gross's new title?
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. What do the cigars symbolize and how are they used to introduce the Staff Watcher's place in the play?
4. What subtle things does Ballas do to maintain his power?
5. 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?
6. 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?
7. What possibility does Lear's empty classroom at the end of Act 2, Scene 8 symbolize?
8. Explain the symbolic meanings behind some of the characters introduced in Act 1, Scene 3.
9. As illustrated in Scene 8, what is necessary for a bureaucracy to have power over its workers, and what is this an analogy for?
10. What are some more examples of Ballas' parallel experience to Gross' time as Managing Director that are given in the first part of Act 2, Scene 9?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1One of the writing techniques used by Havel is the repeated cycles he creates for the story. This is a way for an event or situation to be "recycled" in order to make a point. Describe in detail an example of how events were repeated for which characters. Were the events exactly the same as when they appeared originally in the play? If not, what was different about them? Why did Havel choose to make these changes? For each repeated event, also include the point Havel makes with it.
Essay Topic 2In the beginning of the play, Ptydepe is introduced as the new language of the office. This starts the chain of events that lead to many discoveries for the characters and the audience. 1) What does Ptydepe represent within the context of the play? What is it a symbol for in the bureaucracy and why does it cause Gross to become so frustrated? 2) How does Ptydepe tie in with the larger theme of the play, specifically as it relates to the dangers of a socialist/communist system of government? Why do you think Havel chose a language to illustrate his point?
Essay Topic 3How does the final scene display the need to confront the attempt to suppress individualism and freedom at any cost? Which characters in the scene illustrate that the most? Why do you think Havel chose those characters to make the strongest point of the play?
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