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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The parallels Havel draws in Act 1, Scene 4 are between Ballas and what?
(a) Bureaucracy.
(b) Hypocrisy.
(c) Irrational thinking.
(d) Incompetence.

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

3. Lear agrees to help Gross, only if he can show that his interest in Ptydepe is what?
(a) Mandatory.
(b) Sincere.
(c) Fabricated.
(d) A sign of acceptance.

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

5. What is Act 1, Scene 3 trying to illustrate about Gross?
(a) He will have to rely on Maria from this point on.
(b) He is being kept out of the loop.
(c) He has no desire to learn Ptydepe.
(d) He is being deliberately given too much information at once.

6. What does Ballas ask Gross at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) If he received the authorization.
(b) If he can purchase an additional log book.
(c) If he has any more rolls.
(d) If he is ready to be reasonable.

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

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

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

10. 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 destroy Gross.
(c) To benefit financially.
(d) To cause chaos.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is revealed to be the person that authorized the use of Ptydepe?

2. What does Gross ask Lear to do for him in Act 1, Scene 5?

3. As a reflection of bureaucracy, what kind of explanation do the higher-ups provide for the creation of Ptydepe?

4. What does Maria ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 6?

5. What does the clerk's character symbolize?

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