Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does George, the Staff Watcher, do that upsets Gross and causes him to leave the room?
2. What does Gross carry with him throughout Scene 2?
3. One main point in Act 1, Scene 4 is to display that Ballas and the higher-ups are after power for what purpose?
4. What is Gross rumored to be using inappropriately?
5. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the recurring theme that Pillar's meetings bring back and why do they upset Ballas?
2. As illustrated in Scene 8, what is necessary for a bureaucracy to have power over its workers, and what is this an analogy for?
3. What is the game that Helena plays with Gross and what does it symbolize?
4. Where does Gross pass through in Act 2, Scene 8, what is he carrying, and what does that represent?
5. 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?
6. What explanation does Ballas offer to Gross and what position does he offer him?
7. What does Helena's request for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?
8. What is important about Maria's gesture to Gross at the end of Act 1, Scene 6, and what is the irony in it?
9. How does Lear explain the complexities of Ptydepe to the class?
10. How is Lear's explanation of Ptydepe used to display the arrogance and self-indulgent actions of bureaucrats?
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?
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?
Maria's new independence provides an optimistic ending of the play for the audience. What does it symbolize, not just for the character, but also for the main theme of the entire play? How does her departure symbolize hope? What does it say about freedom in general as it relates to independence?
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