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 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?
A recurring theme that Havel uses through his characters is the "spin" that they provide in order to justify their actions and in some cases, hide their motives.
1) Describe in detail how Lear uses spin to legitimatize Ptydepe. Why does he use this technique when introducing and explaining the new language? What is the overall purpose for his deception?
2) Besides the example of Lear's lectures, what other time in the play was spin used to justify something or as a means to an end? Which character used it? Again, why was this tactic chosen for that specific situation?
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?
Many characters in the play are given names to illustrate their specific place in the story, in the company, and in Havel's central theme in general. Sometimes these names are also references to other people or things.
1) Choose at least four characters and describe in detail why their names accomplish what Havel sets out to show with each of them. Use examples from the play to provide the reasoning for how you draw your conclusions.
2) Do you think that Havel also chose these names to add a comedic element to the characters as well? Why or why not? If that is the case, how does he achieve this?
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