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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Hana repeatedly ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) If she can go to lunch.
(b) If she can get some more milk.
(c) If she can have the authorization for Ptydepe lessons.
(d) If he knows where the new snack bar is located.

3. What does Gross attempt to steal from Stroll's desk?
(a) An authorization form.
(b) A piece of paper.
(c) A Ptydepe Dictionary.
(d) A cigar.

4. What is Gross symbolically holding when Ballas and Pillar return to his office in Act 1 Scene 4?
(a) An empty box.
(b) A fire extinguisher.
(c) A paper weight.
(d) A Ptydepe Dictionary.

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

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

7. Why does Ballas tell Gross that the log book needs to be replaced?
(a) It has been stolen.
(b) It is full.
(c) It has been damaged.
(d) It is lost.

8. What is Gross' main concern that leads him to become angry in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) The complicated process of getting a translation.
(b) The abuse of power that Ballas is showing.
(c) The stupidity of Ptydepe.
(d) The unfair treatment of Maria.

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

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

11. What does Helena ask Maria to do with the bag of limes she is carrying?
(a) Pass the limes out to the people at the party.
(b) Empty the bag immediately.
(c) Bring them to her.
(d) Put them down.

12. What does Gross finally concede to do in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) Talk to the Staff Watcher.
(b) Authorize the continued use of Ptydepe.
(c) Apologize to Stroll.
(d) Purchase a new rubber stamp.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Helena's constant need for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?

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

3. Where does Scene 2 take place?

4. The irony of the events in Acct 1, Scene 5 is that Gross' lack of knowledge prevents him from gaining what?

5. Gross is being intentionally forced to lose more of what?

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