|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Gross' new position in Act 2, Scene 8 represent in the overall arch of the plot?
2. Who passes through the lecture as Lear is talking?
3. What point does Havel make about Ptydepe in Act 2, Scene 8?
4. What recurring item in the play does Gross hang up at the end of Act 2, Scene 10?
5. What is Ballas' initial reaction to Gross' news?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
In the second half of the play, Ballas and Gross switch roles. In dealing with the same frustrations, which differences in Ballas' character influence the way he handles things? What results does the different approach have? What does Gross realize as he sees Ballas deal with the issues? In detail, outline the significant differences in both characters, including how they changed throughout the play, yet still stayed the same in many ways. Use examples from the play as a reference.
This section contains 338 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)