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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. At the beginning of the play, what kind of letter does Gross receive?
(a) A late notice.
(b) A bill.
(c) A memorandum.
(d) A shipping invoice.

3. What happens to cause everyone at the party to stop talking?
(a) Maria slaps Stroll for making a rude comment.
(b) Ballas and Pillar enter the room.
(c) Gross shouts for them to be quiet.
(d) They discover there is no more coffee.

4. 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 Gross always gets up when she enters the room.
(c) That Gross has trouble speaking when she is around.
(d) That the Staff Watcher heard Gross call her sweetheart.

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

6. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?
(a) The snack bar.
(b) The Department of Authenticity.
(c) Ptydepe operations.
(d) The Accounts Department.

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

8. What does Gross interrupt at the start of Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) Lear's lecture.
(b) A conversation between Lear and Ballas.
(c) A meeting between Lear and Stroll.
(d) A board meeting called by Lear.

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

10. What do Stroll and Savant remark about Maria?
(a) She doesn't know Ptydepe yet.
(b) She is lazy.
(c) She is attractive.
(d) She is always getting food.

11. What does Gross do with the letter?
(a) He ignores it.
(b) He reads it out loud.
(c) He throws it away.
(d) He burns it.

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

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

14. What does Maria offer Helena in Act 1, scene 3?
(a) A donut.
(b) Onions.
(c) A roll.
(d) Cigarettes.

15. Who gets quizzed along with Gross on their knowledge of Ptydepe?
(a) Maria.
(b) Ballas.
(c) Hana.
(d) Thumb.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gross carry with him throughout Scene 2?

2. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?

3. What does Lear take a great deal of time to do?

4. What is the underlying message about Stroll's position?

5. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?

(see the answer keys)

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