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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Hana tell Ballas people are saying about Ptydepe?
2. Who does Ballas attempt to blame for the Ptydepe fiasco?
3. What does Ballas finally do in Act 2, Scene 10 that is noteworthy?
4. Gross tells Maria that his current situation is a result of what?
5. What does Gross do on his way to lunch in Act 2, Scene 11?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Scene 3 of Act 1, there is a very significant scene involving Maria, Gross, and the Staff Watcher. Describe the scene in detail, highlighting its importance and the messages it delivers. What does it specifically say about each of three characters involved? In a metaphorical sense, what do the cigars represent and why is that a key element to the story?
Essay Topic 2
In the beginning of the play, Ptydepe is introduced as the new language of the office. This starts the chain of events that lead to many discoveries for the characters and the audience.
1) What does Ptydepe represent within the context of the play? What is it a symbol for in the bureaucracy and why does it cause Gross to become so frustrated?
2) How does Ptydepe tie in with the larger theme of the play, specifically as it relates to the dangers of a socialist/communist system of government? Why do you think Havel chose a language to illustrate his point?
Essay Topic 3
Thumb is an essential part of the bureaucratic system, even though he seems largely unaware of it. What is his specific role in the play and in the larger theme of the story? Which character traits allow him to fulfill that role? What are the more serious dangers that Thumb represents a warning against?
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