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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Ballas and the higher-ups manipulate Gross in order to bring what to the company?
(a) A more efficient system.
(b) Ptydepe.
(c) Progress.
(d) Less paperwork.

3. What does Helena's constant need for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?
(a) That she really likes coffee.
(b) That she has no regard for Maria's time.
(c) That she is impatient.
(d) That the people who have power cannot do anything for themselves.

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

5. Where does Gross wish he could return to at the end of Acct 1, Scene 4?
(a) Stroll's office.
(b) The Ptydepe Training Room.
(c) His childhood.
(d) His apartment.

6. What is the clerk's name in Scene 2?
(a) Thumb.
(b) Pinky.
(c) Toe.
(d) Knuckle.

7. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?
(a) The Department of Authenticity.
(b) Ptydepe operations.
(c) The Accounts Department.
(d) The snack bar.

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

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

10. What does Gross declare is reduced when people are forbidden to use their natural language?
(a) Their education.
(b) Their dignity.
(c) Their humanity.
(d) Their sanity.

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

12. What do Ballas and Gross argue about?
(a) The termination of Ptydepe.
(b) Gross' refusal to understand Ptydepe.
(c) Ballas' salary.
(d) The Staff Watcher's report.

13. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?
(a) The purpose of the office is never stated.
(b) The characters come and go without asking permission.
(c) The positions of the characters are never stated.
(d) It only has one room.

14. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) He is trying to get the new log book authenticated.
(b) He is trying to get back to his office.
(c) He is trying to get the memorandum translated.
(d) He is trying to get the books balanced.

15. What is Gross's new title?
(a) Assistant Manager.
(b) Assistant Director.
(c) Deputy Director.
(d) Deputy Manager.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?

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

3. What is Gross searching for throughout Act 1, Scene 3?

4. Who receives an A, scoring better than Gross, on their knowledge of Ptydepe?

5. What does Gross carry with him throughout Scene 2?

(see the answer keys)

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