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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the Department of Authentication refuse to authenticate the new log book?
(a) They purchased the wrong type of log book.
(b) The expense wasn't officially authorized.
(c) The book is too expensive.
(d) They inform them that there will no longer be a need for a log book.

2. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?
(a) The eating habits of Hana.
(b) The foolishness of Ptydepe.
(c) The tension between Ballas and Pillar.
(d) The dislike between Gross and Ballas.

3. What is it about the letter that automatically irritates Gross?
(a) It is extremely long.
(b) It is written in an unknown language.
(c) It is not addressed to him.
(d) It is written in a condescending tone.

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

5. What does the item that Gross is carrying in Act 1, Scene 5 symbolize?
(a) His addiction to coffee.
(b) His intolerance for Ptydepe.
(c) His desire to hold onto whatever power he has left.
(d) His lack of enthusiasm for his new position.

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

7. Where does Act 1, Scene 3 take place?
(a) The Ptydepe Classroom.
(b) The Accounting Office.
(c) The Department of Authenticity.
(d) The Ptydepe Translation Center.

8. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?
(a) A shorter work week.
(b) Raises for all the employees.
(c) A new snack bar.
(d) More vacation time.

9. Who is revealed to be the person that authorized the use of Ptydepe?
(a) Hana.
(b) Gross.
(c) Ballas.
(d) Pillar.

10. Where does Gross wish he could return to at the end of Acct 1, Scene 4?
(a) The Ptydepe Training Room.
(b) His childhood.
(c) His apartment.
(d) Stroll's office.

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

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

13. 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 cause chaos.
(c) To destroy Gross.
(d) To benefit financially.

14. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?
(a) A check.
(b) Cash.
(c) An I.O.U.
(d) A money order.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which phrase best describes the clerk's actions?

2. As a result of Gross' incorrect answers, what does Lear deny him?

3. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?

4. As explained in the play, what is Ptydepe designed to reduce?

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

(see the answer keys)

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