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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which phrase best describes the clerk's actions?
(a) Ignorant.
(b) Selfish.
(c) Admirable.
(d) Sucking up.

2. What style of writing best describes The Memorandum?
(a) Non-Fiction.
(b) Satire.
(c) Memoir.
(d) Comedy.

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

4. What does Maria offer Helena in Act 1, scene 3?
(a) A roll.
(b) Onions.
(c) A donut.
(d) Cigarettes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Act 1, Scene 3 trying to illustrate about Gross?

2. What does Gross interrupt at the start of Act 1, Scene 5?

3. What does Lear acknowledge about Ptydepe?

4. What Department does the Ptydepe Translation Center replace?

5. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Havel use the reference of a theater to symbolize?

2. What is different about Thumb's responses in Act 2, Scene 8 as compared to earlier in the play?

3. Where does Gross pass through in Act 2, Scene 8, what is he carrying, and what does that represent?

4. Explain the symbolic meanings behind some of the characters introduced in Act 1, Scene 3.

5. The "wrong cause" that Stroll, Savant, and Helena are upset about dedicating their lives to is really a symbol for what larger "wrong cause?"

6. How does Gross justify his situation to himself towards the end of Act 1, Scene 4?

7. What does the introduction of Ptydepe signal in the play as it pertains to Gross and his position within the company?

8. What do Ballas and Column continue to perpetuate by going to lunch in the middle of Lear's lecture in Act 2, Scene 11?

9. What explanation does Ballas offer to Gross and what position does he offer him?

10. What does Gross' signature of the Ptydepe authorization set into motion?

(see the answer keys)

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