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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the overall message in Act 2, Scene 11?
2. What action does Lear take as a result of his impatience in Act 2, Scene 8?
3. Gross admits that he has always been more of a dreamer than what?
4. What proposal does Ballas make to Gross in Act 2, Scene 9?
5. How does Gross feel and act at the beginning of Act 2, Scene10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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