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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Lear lecturing about at the start of Act 2, Scene 11?

2. What is the point of Chorukor?

3. What does Maria encourage Gross to do in the second part of Act 2, Scene 9?

4. What happens as Act 2, Scene 8 progresses?

5. At what state is Ptydepe left in at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The character of George, the Staff Watcher, is Havel's way of warning against what form of government control. Why is that role significant to the end result of what the bureaucracy in the play is after? Later on, as Gross becomes the Staff Watcher for a brief time, how does the role change? How does he fill the position differently than George? Finally, when the positions are switched yet again, what is the symbolic significance of the way George acts and Gross' place at the time? This essay should chronicle the Staff Watcher position from the beginning to the end of the play, describing its part in the story.

Essay Topic 3

The crucial moment of the second part of Act 9 is when the memo is finally translated for Gross. The contents of it are ironic, comedic, and inspiring all at the same time. Explain them in detail, describing why and how all three themes (irony, comedy, and inspiration) are represented. Also, explain what the significance is of Maria being the one to translate it. What does that add to the message for Gross?

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