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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Who does Gross talk to while he is waiting for Helena?
(a) Savant.
(b) Hana.
(c) Himself.
(d) George.

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

6. What does the clerk receive for asking the questions?
(a) Termination.
(b) A gold star.
(c) An A.
(d) A lecture.

7. What Department does the Ptydepe Translation Center replace?
(a) The Human Resources Department.
(b) The Marketing Department.
(c) The Shipping Department.
(d) The Accounts Department.

8. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?
(a) More vacation time.
(b) A shorter work week.
(c) Raises for all the employees.
(d) A new snack bar.

9. In modern times, what is a term used to describe the act of portraying something negative in a positive way?
(a) "Get on a soapbox."
(b) "Spin."
(c) "Rant."
(d) "Bloviating."

10. What does Gross carry with him throughout Scene 2?
(a) A pen and paper.
(b) The new log book.
(c) The memorandum.
(d) A roll.

11. What kind of a party is going on in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) A Birthday party.
(b) A promotion party.
(c) A retirement party.
(d) A Ptydepe party.

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

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

14. 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.

15. What does Lear take a great deal of time to do?
(a) Finish a sentence.
(b) Explain how Ptydepe was developed.
(c) Answer questions.
(d) Argue with Gross.

Short Answer Questions

1. The parallels Havel draws in Act 1, Scene 4 are between Ballas and what?

2. What does Ballas threaten Gross with?

3. Where is Ballas located at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?

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

5. What does Gross declare is reduced when people are forbidden to use their natural language?

(see the answer keys)

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