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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In defense of Ptydepe, what does Ballas declare the new language is far more of than the current one?
(a) Comprehensive.
(b) Humanist.
(c) Error-proof.
(d) Basic.

2. What is the overall point that Havel is making in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) Gross does not belong in Ptydepe class.
(b) Gross has no idea that he is being manipulated.
(c) Ptydepe is a waste of time.
(d) Everyone is smarter than Gross.

3. Where does the Staff Watcher watch from?
(a) The corner.
(b) The closet.
(c) A hole in the wall.
(d) The main office.

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

5. The irony of the events in Acct 1, Scene 5 is that Gross' lack of knowledge prevents him from gaining what?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Power.
(c) His management position back.
(d) His dignity.

6. What style of writing best describes The Memorandum?
(a) Memoir.
(b) Comedy.
(c) Satire.
(d) Non-Fiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. Where does Scene 2 take place?
(a) The Ptydepe classroom.
(b) The mailroom.
(c) The office.
(d) The Department of Authentication.

14. 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 the act of trying to scare someone, which symbolizes Gross' intent earlier.
(c) They describe the act of crying, which symbolizes Gross' sorrow over his title loss.
(d) They describe an ambush or surprise, which symbolizes what Gross is experiencing.

15. What is Gross rumored to be using inappropriately?
(a) A rubber stamp.
(b) The company vehicle.
(c) His authority.
(d) Company funds.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Stroll?

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

3. What does the clerk's character symbolize?

4. Who does Gross attempt to persuade in order to bypass authorization?

5. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?

(see the answer keys)

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