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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Maria's reaction to Gross' reason for staying?

2. What reason does Gross give Maria for wanting to stay with the company?

3. How does George categorize Maria's actions?

4. What does Gross give to Ballas at his request in Act 2, Scene 9?

5. What point does Havel make about Ptydepe in Act 2, Scene 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

At a few key times in the play, sparks of hope present themselves. This is what keeps the audience hoping that Gross can turn things around, and it is also what makes them believe it may be possible. 1) Describe some examples of hope that Gross does not see or recognize at the time they are presented to him. What is the irony of this? What does it say about Gross' character? 2) The character of Maria is consistently a main source of hope for Gross. Why do you think Gross is inclined to receive positive messages from her more than from other characters? What is it about Maria's personality that allows her to break through the bureaucracy and provide the hope Gross desperately needs?

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