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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. What action does Lear take as a result of his impatience in Act 2, Scene 8?

3. Who vocally protests the use of Ptydepe in unison?

4. Why does Gross state that he would have rather kept his former position?

5. What is Maria's reaction to Gross' new position?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Maria's new independence provides an optimistic ending of the play for the audience. What does it symbolize, not just for the character, but also for the main theme of the entire play? How does her departure symbolize hope? What does it say about freedom in general as it relates to independence?

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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