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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Lear, what is a big factor in the way people use Ptydepe?
2. Acknowledging the intent of the play, what does Havel feel should triumph over bureaucracy?
3. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 8, how is Lear's student answering the questions?
4. Gross admits that he has always been more of a dreamer than what?
5. According to Maria, what is the key to winning a fight?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
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 3
At a few key times in the play, sparks of hope present themselves. This is what keeps the audience hoping that Gross can turn things around, and it is also what makes them believe it may be possible.
1) Describe some examples of hope that Gross does not see or recognize at the time they are presented to him. What is the irony of this? What does it say about Gross' character?
2) The character of Maria is consistently a main source of hope for Gross. Why do you think Gross is inclined to receive positive messages from her more than from other characters? What is it about Maria's personality that allows her to break through the bureaucracy and provide the hope Gross desperately needs?
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