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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Gross declare is reduced when people are forbidden to use their natural language?
(a) Their education.
(b) Their sanity.
(c) Their humanity.
(d) Their dignity.

2. What does Lear acknowledge about Ptydepe?
(a) It is pointless.
(b) It was created for the wrong reasons.
(c) It is not structured well.
(d) It seems complicated.

3. What does Gross tell himself to rationalize his decision in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) That Ballas was right.
(b) That he was too weak to resist it.
(c) That he could better serve the company in his new position.
(d) That he had no choice.

4. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?
(a) Going over his head to get the notice authenticated.
(b) Speaking Ptydepe to Gross permanently.
(c) Resigning from the company.
(d) Causing Gross to lose his job.

5. In Act 1, Scene 6, what is the one signal of hope that Gross does not see, symbolizing that he has lost all hope in his current situation?
(a) Helena reprimands Ballas for his actions.
(b) Stroll and Savant admit that Ptydepe is useless.
(c) Ballas admits his lack of leadership qualities.
(d) Maria hands him the cigar box.

6. What does Gross ask Lear to do for him in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) Help him get his former position back.
(b) Translate the memo.
(c) Tell him where the next Ptydepe class is.
(d) Help him learn Ptydepe.

7. What does the clerk receive for asking the questions?
(a) A lecture.
(b) Termination.
(c) An A.
(d) A gold star.

8. Ballas and the higher-ups manipulate Gross in order to bring what to the company?
(a) Progress.
(b) A more efficient system.
(c) Ptydepe.
(d) Less paperwork.

9. As explained in the play, what is Ptydepe designed to reduce?
(a) Individuality.
(b) Subordination.
(c) Clerical errors.
(d) A language barrier between employees.

10. Who is Stroll?
(a) The head of the Center.
(b) The CEO of the company.
(c) The new Accounting manager.
(d) Gross' boss.

11. The larger metaphor for the clerk is a warning against what?
(a) A Monarchy.
(b) Communism.
(c) Liberalism.
(d) A Dictatorship.

12. What overall theme does the author use the office to illustrate?
(a) Government bureaucracy.
(b) The problems workers have with authority.
(c) How to deal with troubled employees.
(d) Office managers seldom know what is happening in their own office.

13. Who does Gross attempt to persuade in order to bypass authorization?
(a) Helena.
(b) Stroll.
(c) Ballas.
(d) Maria.

14. What does Gross fear if he does not agree to the switch?
(a) He will have to talk to the Staff Watcher again.
(b) He will have a lawsuit filed against him.
(c) His career will be over.
(d) He will be even further demoted.

15. What indicates the author's symbolic use of metaphors?
(a) Gross' quest for information.
(b) Helena's mysterious actions.
(c) The names of the characters.
(d) The setting.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ballas constantly look to Pillar for?

2. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?

3. What does Hana repeatedly ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?

5. What does the clerk's character symbolize?

(see the answer keys)

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