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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In modern times, what is a term used to describe the act of portraying something negative in a positive way?
(a) "Get on a soapbox."
(b) "Bloviating."
(c) "Spin."
(d) "Rant."

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

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

5. What is Gross's new title?
(a) Deputy Manager.
(b) Deputy Director.
(c) Assistant Manager.
(d) Assistant Director.

6. What habit does Hana have that prevents her from doing work?
(a) She talks too much.
(b) She is always late.
(c) She asks too many questions.
(d) She combs her hair.

7. What is the underlying message about Stroll's position?
(a) He is incompetent, yet his lack of experience goes undetected.
(b) His knowledge is used to represent power over others.
(c) He abuses his authority by making hasty decisions.
(d) He enjoys humiliating Gross.

8. Who does Helena introduce herself as?
(a) The Chairman.
(b) The CEO.
(c) The Czar of Accounting.
(d) The Supervisor of Ptydepe Training.

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

10. What is significant about the examples Lear uses for the word, "boo?"
(a) They describe the act of scaring someone who has been stealing, which symbolizes the Staff Watcher catching Gross earlier.
(b) They describe an ambush or surprise, which symbolizes what Gross is experiencing.
(c) They describe the act of trying to scare someone, which symbolizes Gross' intent earlier.
(d) They describe the act of crying, which symbolizes Gross' sorrow over his title loss.

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

12. Who does Gross talk to while he is waiting for Helena?
(a) Savant.
(b) George.
(c) Hana.
(d) Himself.

13. As a result of Gross' incorrect answers, what does Lear deny him?
(a) The memo translation.
(b) His previous position back.
(c) A cigarette.
(d) Further classes on Ptydepe.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What overall theme does the author use the office to illustrate?

2. Lear agrees to help Gross, only if he can show that his interest in Ptydepe is what?

3. What is it about the letter that automatically irritates Gross?

4. As a reflection of bureaucracy, what kind of explanation do the higher-ups provide for the creation of Ptydepe?

5. What does the item that Gross is carrying in Act 1, Scene 5 symbolize?

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