Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is interesting about the way Ballas receives the mail in Act 2, Scene 7?
2. What does Ballas announce to the group in Actc 2, Scene 10?
3. What is the translated memo a protest of?
4. Who does Hana point out does not know Ptydepe either?
5. What is the overall message in Act 2, Scene 11?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In the beginning of the play, Ptydepe is introduced as the new language of the office. This starts the chain of events that lead to many discoveries for the characters and the audience.
1) What does Ptydepe represent within the context of the play? What is it a symbol for in the bureaucracy and why does it cause Gross to become so frustrated?
2) How does Ptydepe tie in with the larger theme of the play, specifically as it relates to the dangers of a socialist/communist system of government? Why do you think Havel chose a language to illustrate his point?
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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