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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 8, how is Lear's student answering the questions?
2. What does Maria do in the second part of Act 2, Scene 9 that no one else in the play has done up until this point?
3. What do Hana's continued repetitive trips to the store signify?
4. What does Gross promise Maria in the second part of Act 2, Scene 9 that he will not do?
5. What is Ballas holding when he enters the room in Act 2, Scene 9?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As the play ends, there are two possible outcomes for Gross based on the decision he makes. Use the following format to present a case for both. Make sure to include examples from the play to support your cases.
1) First, explain why Gross' decision means that he will most likely never be able to make a difference at the company, and eventually might even stop trying altogether.
2) Second, explain why Gross' decision means that he will continue to fight from within the company, and eventually make a difference by stopping the bureaucracy, and gaining his independence in the process.
3) Finally, explain what will happen in your opinion. Which one of the above cases do you agree with and why?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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