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

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

3. The character of Lear was given the name as a possible reference to what?
(a) A famous opera.
(b) A type of look.
(c) A Shakespearean play.
(d) A philosopher.

4. What is it about the letter that automatically irritates Gross?
(a) It is written in a condescending tone.
(b) It is written in an unknown language.
(c) It is not addressed to him.
(d) It is extremely long.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The larger metaphor for the clerk is a warning against what?

2. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?

3. What indicates the author's symbolic use of metaphors?

4. What does Ballas ask Gross at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about Gross' personality that makes him susceptible to Ballas' manipulation?

2. What is ironic about the way the conversation between Gross and Ballas starts and the way it concludes, specifically concerning Gross' job?

3. In the final scene of the play, what theme is brought to the forefront and what is the message Havel delivers?

4. What is it about the letter Gross receives that gets his attention, why is it significant to the play, and how does Gross react to it?

5. What do we notice right away about the relationship between Ballas and Pillar?

6. How is Gross manipulated again in Act 1, Scene 5?

7. What does Helena's request for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?

8. What is significant about Gross' search for cigarettes and what does Havel use it to represent in the play?

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

10. What possibility does Lear's empty classroom at the end of Act 2, Scene 8 symbolize?

(see the answer keys)

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