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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Gross promise Maria in the second part of Act 2, Scene 9 that he will not do?
2. What is Ballas' initial reaction to Gross' news?
3. What is Lear lecturing about at the start of Act 2, Scene 11?
4. What is the overall message in Act 2, Scene 11?
5. What does Gross think he has to earn at the end of Act 2, Scene 9?
Essay Topic 1
Havel introduces many forms of symbolism by using objects to illustrate his point.
1) Choose three different objects that are a form of symbolism and describe in detail what they represent. Include how they are used in the storyline and why they are effective. What is Havel trying to tell the audience with each of them?
2) Out of the examples you chose in the first section, are there any that are more important to the plot? What makes them more important? How do they fit into the overall theme and main point of the play?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
How does the final scene display the need to confront the attempt to suppress individualism and freedom at any cost? Which characters in the scene illustrate that the most? Why do you think Havel chose those characters to make the strongest point of the play?
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