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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Gross' lack of Ptydepe knowledge signal, according to Lear?
(a) That he deserved to be removed from his position.
(b) That he should not be working for the company.
(c) That he is smarter than the rest of the class.
(d) That he is not genuinely interested in learning Ptydepe.

3. What do Ballas and Gross argue about?
(a) Ballas' salary.
(b) The termination of Ptydepe.
(c) Gross' refusal to understand Ptydepe.
(d) The Staff Watcher's report.

4. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?
(a) It only has one room.
(b) The positions of the characters are never stated.
(c) The characters come and go without asking permission.
(d) The purpose of the office is never stated.

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

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

7. As a reflection of bureaucracy, what kind of explanation do the higher-ups provide for the creation of Ptydepe?
(a) A nonexistent one.
(b) A complicated one.
(c) A brief one.
(d) A straightforward one.

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

9. 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.

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

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

12. What does the clerk's character symbolize?
(a) The notion of how lazy workers can advance in a company through deceit.
(b) The result of a meaningless system.
(c) The concerns of the common worker.
(d) The dangers of blind loyalty in a bureaucratic system.

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

14. What does Maria ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) If he is going to learn Ptydepe.
(b) What he is doing at the party.
(c) Why he tried to steal from Stroll's office.
(d) Why he is no longer Managing Director.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ballas manipulate Gross into admitting in Act 1, Scene 6?

2. What is Gross rumored to be using inappropriately?

3. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?

4. Ballas and the higher-ups manipulate Gross in order to bring what to the company?

5. What does Gross do with the letter?

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