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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Gross fear if he does not agree to the switch?
(a) His career will be over.
(b) He will have a lawsuit filed against him.
(c) He will have to talk to the Staff Watcher again.
(d) He will be even further demoted.

7. What does Gross offer during his argument with Ballas?
(a) To resign.
(b) To pay for additional Ptydepe classes.
(c) To confront the higher-ups.
(d) To raise Ballas' salary.

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

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

10. What point is the author trying to make by having Hana make separate trips for food?
(a) She is wasting time, but no one realizes it.
(b) Gross has no control over her.
(c) They don't have money in the budget for a new log book, but there is money for food.
(d) She is always hungry.

11. What does Stroll tell Gross is necessary in order to prevent any further individualism?
(a) The authorization for all Ptydepe translations.
(b) The mandatory number of hours a worker is required to work.
(c) The authorization of all future purchases.
(d) The restriction of any worker leaving the office.

12. What does Gross do with the letter?
(a) He burns it.
(b) He ignores it.
(c) He throws it away.
(d) He reads it out loud.

13. Gross is being intentionally forced to lose more of what?
(a) His employees.
(b) His responsibility.
(c) His earnings.
(d) His independence of thought.

14. What is Savant's primary responsibility as the Ptydepeist?
(a) Reporting anyone who is not using Ptydepe.
(b) Modifying Ptydepe for each department.
(c) Making sure Ptydepe is used correctly.
(d) Translating all existing memos into Ptydepe.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the overall point that Havel is making in Act 1, Scene 5?

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

3. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?

4. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?

5. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?

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