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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. How does Stroll exit in Act 1, Scene 3?
3. Who does Gross talk to while he is waiting for Helena?
4. in Act 1, Scene 5, what does Lear attempt to illustrate about Ptydepe?
5. Where is Ballas located at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What subliminal warning does the character of Thumb bring from the author?
2. What are some of the differences between Ballas and Gross in their experiences as Managing Director?
3. What is the game that Helena plays with Gross and what does it symbolize?
4. What is a Ptydepeist, and what is their purpose?
5. How is the symbolism of the fire extinguisher heightened at the beginning of the second part of Act 2, Scene 9, part 2 with George and Gross?
6. What are some examples in Scene 6 of Gross being continually kept of the loop?
7. What is ironic about the way the conversation between Gross and Ballas starts and the way it concludes, specifically concerning Gross' job?
8. Describe two main methods that Ballas uses in Act 1, Scene 4 to get Gross to comply?
9. What is Ballas' new offer to Gross, and what is the cause of it as well as the reasoning behind it?
10. What does Maria's locating a new job for Gross say about her as a character, and what does Gross' reason for staying with the company say about him as a character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the second half of the play, Ballas and Gross switch roles. In dealing with the same frustrations, which differences in Ballas' character influence the way he handles things? What results does the different approach have? What does Gross realize as he sees Ballas deal with the issues? In detail, outline the significant differences in both characters, including how they changed throughout the play, yet still stayed the same in many ways. Use examples from the play as a reference.
Essay Topic 2
Havel introduces many forms of symbolism by using objects to illustrate his point.
1) Choose three different objects that are a form of symbolism and describe in detail what they represent. Include how they are used in the storyline and why they are effective. What is Havel trying to tell the audience with each of them?
2) Out of the examples you chose in the first section, are there any that are more important to the plot? What makes them more important? How do they fit into the overall theme and main point of the play?
Essay Topic 3
Manipulation is one of the main weapons used against Gross throughout the entire play. Using several examples from the play, describe in detail how Gross is manipulated on a variety of different levels. What is the objective of the manipulation? Why is it effective? Overall, why is manipulation necessary to the way a bureaucratic system functions? How does the play illustrate the way manipulation can lead to control over someone?
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