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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 style of writing best describes The Memorandum?

2. Lear agrees to help Gross, only if he can show that his interest in Ptydepe is what?

3. What does Gross attempt to steal from Stroll's desk?

4. Why does Ballas tell Gross that the log book needs to be replaced?

5. At the beginning of the play, what kind of letter does Gross receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two main issues that Gross has with Ptydepe in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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 different about Gross and his approach in the very beginning of Act 2, Scene 10?

5. What are the noticeable habits of Hana, the secretary, that are displayed in the beginning of the play?

6. What is different about Thumb's responses in Act 2, Scene 8 as compared to earlier in the play?

7. What events lead Gross to speak out against the technological advances that are affecting humanity?

8. 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?

9. How does Lear explain Ptydepe in describing the process for learning it?

10. What is ironic about the way the conversation between Gross and Ballas starts and the way it concludes, specifically concerning Gross' job?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How 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?

Essay Topic 2

What does the new language, Chorukor, represent in the overall theme of the play? What is the major difference between it and Ptydepe? Explain in detail how each of the main characters react to Chorukor and why their reaction is significant. Do you believe that it can potentially fail in the same way that Ptydepe did, or will the same mistake keep being made? What will stop the mistake from being made again?

Essay Topic 3

At a few key times in the play, sparks of hope present themselves. This is what keeps the audience hoping that Gross can turn things around, and it is also what makes them believe it may be possible.

1) Describe some examples of hope that Gross does not see or recognize at the time they are presented to him. What is the irony of this? What does it say about Gross' character?

2) The character of Maria is consistently a main source of hope for Gross. Why do you think Gross is inclined to receive positive messages from her more than from other characters? What is it about Maria's personality that allows her to break through the bureaucracy and provide the hope Gross desperately needs?

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