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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ballas manipulate Gross into admitting in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) His dislike for Stroll.
(b) That he wants his former position back.
(c) That he has no intention of learning Ptydepe.
(d) His guilt in being disrespectful, and misusing company funds and property.

2. What does Ballas ask Gross at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) If he received the authorization.
(b) If he can purchase an additional log book.
(c) If he is ready to be reasonable.
(d) If he has any more rolls.

3. The character of Lear was given the name as a possible reference to what?
(a) A famous opera.
(b) A philosopher.
(c) A Shakespearean play.
(d) A type of look.

4. What is Act 1, Scene 3 trying to illustrate about Gross?
(a) He has no desire to learn Ptydepe.
(b) He is being deliberately given too much information at once.
(c) He will have to rely on Maria from this point on.
(d) He is being kept out of the loop.

5. One main point in Act 1, Scene 4 is to display that Ballas and the higher-ups are after power for what purpose?
(a) For its own sake.
(b) To benefit financially.
(c) To cause chaos.
(d) To destroy Gross.

6. 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 be even further demoted.
(c) His career will be over.
(d) He will have a lawsuit filed against him.

7. Hypothetically, the use of Ptydepe could remove what from the office?
(a) A number of positions.
(b) The need to speak.
(c) Waste of paper for multiple memos.
(d) Misunderstanding in inter-office communications.

8. What does Helena's constant need for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?
(a) That the people who have power cannot do anything for themselves.
(b) That she has no regard for Maria's time.
(c) That she really likes coffee.
(d) That she is impatient.

9. What do Stroll and Savant offer as proof for their theory that Gross "lusts after" Maria?
(a) That Gross has asked her out on a date.
(b) That the Staff Watcher heard Gross call her sweetheart.
(c) That Gross always gets up when she enters the room.
(d) That Gross has trouble speaking when she is around.

10. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He is trying to get the books balanced.
(b) He is trying to get the memorandum translated.
(c) He is trying to get the new log book authenticated.
(d) He is trying to get back to his office.

11. According to Lear, how is the best way to learn Ptydepe?
(a) With an abandonment of English.
(b) By speaking it every day.
(c) With unshakeable faith.
(d) Slowly.

12. What leads to Ballas and Gross switching positions?
(a) A decision from the higher-ups.
(b) A bet that Gross loses.
(c) Gross' lack of Ptydepe proficiency.
(d) The Staff Watcher's report.

13. Why does Ballas tell Gross that the log book needs to be replaced?
(a) It is lost.
(b) It is full.
(c) It has been stolen.
(d) It has been damaged.

14. According to Gross and Hana's discussion, what is strange about Ptydepe, the new language being introduced?
(a) It contains no vowels.
(b) Hana understands it perfectly.
(c) It uses numbers in place of certain letters.
(d) Gross knows nothing about it.

15. How does Stroll exit in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Suddenly.
(b) Angrily.
(c) Slowly.
(d) Involuntarily.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who receives an A, scoring better than Gross, on their knowledge of Ptydepe?

2. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?

3. What does Gross interrupt at the start of Act 1, Scene 5?

4. Who does Ballas point out is in control of Ptydepe?

5. Gross is being intentionally forced to lose more of what?

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