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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Ballas point out is in control of Ptydepe?
(a) Helena.
(b) Maria.
(c) The higher-ups.
(d) Savant.

2. What leads to Ballas and Gross switching positions?
(a) The Staff Watcher's report.
(b) A decision from the higher-ups.
(c) Gross' lack of Ptydepe proficiency.
(d) A bet that Gross loses.

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

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

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

6. What do Stroll and Savant remark about Maria?
(a) She doesn't know Ptydepe yet.
(b) She is lazy.
(c) She is always getting food.
(d) She is attractive.

7. 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 result of a meaningless system.
(d) The dangers of blind loyalty in a bureaucratic system.

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

9. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?
(a) An I.O.U.
(b) A money order.
(c) Cash.
(d) A check.

10. 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.

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

12. What is Gross searching for throughout Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Milk.
(b) His coffee.
(c) Rolls.
(d) His cigarettes.

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

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

15. 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 not genuinely interested in learning Ptydepe.
(d) That he is smarter than the rest of the class.

Short Answer Questions

1. The character of Lear was given the name as a possible reference to what?

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

3. What point is the author trying to make by having Hana make separate trips for food?

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

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

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