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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the point of Chorukor?
2. What is Ballas holding when he enters the room in Act 2, Scene 9?
3. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 8, how is Lear's student answering the questions?
4. What stunning topic does Lear bring up in Act 2, Scene 11?
5. Why does Gross state that he would have rather kept his former position?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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