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

2. What is the goal of the higher-ups in explaining the necessity for Ptydepe?
(a) To change the company's policy.
(b) To cause tension between the workers.
(c) To justify something that is obviously senseless.
(d) To help the workers understand it better.

3. Who does Gross attempt to persuade in order to bypass authorization?
(a) Ballas.
(b) Helena.
(c) Maria.
(d) Stroll.

4. According to Gross and Hana's discussion, what is strange about Ptydepe, the new language being introduced?
(a) It uses numbers in place of certain letters.
(b) Gross knows nothing about it.
(c) It contains no vowels.
(d) Hana understands it perfectly.

5. What does Gross interrupt at the start of Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) A conversation between Lear and Ballas.
(b) A meeting between Lear and Stroll.
(c) A board meeting called by Lear.
(d) Lear's lecture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?

2. As explained in the play, what is Ptydepe designed to reduce?

3. Where does Act 1, Scene 3 take place?

4. One main point in Act 1, Scene 4 is to display that Ballas and the higher-ups are after power for what purpose?

5. What does Gross fear if he does not agree to the switch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What significant discovery does Ballas make at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

5. What are the noticeable habits of Hana, the secretary, that are displayed in the beginning of the play?

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

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

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

9. Why does Gross report to the Training Center in Act 1, Scene 5, and what is he carrying?

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

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