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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does George throw at Gross after hearing the news of his position change?
2. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 8, how is Lear's student answering the questions?
3. Gross admits that he has always been more of a dreamer than what?
4. Who does Ballas attempt to blame for the Ptydepe fiasco?
5. What is Maria's reaction to Gross' new position?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the characteristics of a satirical play. Why is comedy often used along with satire to make a point? Use examples from The Memorandum as references to your description. Also, explain what the target of the satire in the play is.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The protest in Scene 10 of Act 2 is one of Havel's most blatant illustrations of the dangers he is writing the play to raise awareness of. How does the protest relate to those dangers? What does it say about the bureaucrats involved? Also, explain Pillar's specific role in the protest and the warning Havel is making through his work. Include the significance of Pillar's name and how it fits in with the character's purpose in the plot at this point in the play.
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