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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Ballas holding when he enters the room in Act 2, Scene 9?
2. In a broader interpretation, what is the one thing that bureaucracy relies on to keep its power?
3. What is Pillar's response when he is asked by Ballas if he knows Ptydepe?
4. What is Maria's reaction to Gross' reason for staying?
5. What does Gross' new position in Act 2, Scene 8 represent in the overall arch of the plot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Manipulation is one of the main weapons used against Gross throughout the entire play. Using several examples from the play, describe in detail how Gross is manipulated on a variety of different levels. What is the objective of the manipulation? Why is it effective? Overall, why is manipulation necessary to the way a bureaucratic system functions? How does the play illustrate the way manipulation can lead to control over someone?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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