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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. Who is Stroll?
(a) The CEO of the company.
(b) The new Accounting manager.
(c) The head of the Center.
(d) Gross' boss.

2. What does George, the Staff Watcher, do that upsets Gross and causes him to leave the room?
(a) He refuses to give him authorization.
(b) He begins speaking in Ptydepe.
(c) He threatens him with termination.
(d) He reveals his location.

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

4. What does Gross attempt to steal from Stroll's desk?
(a) A piece of paper.
(b) A cigar.
(c) A Ptydepe Dictionary.
(d) An authorization form.

5. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?
(a) The foolishness of Ptydepe.
(b) The tension between Ballas and Pillar.
(c) The eating habits of Hana.
(d) The dislike between Gross and Ballas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Gross attempt to persuade in order to bypass authorization?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What events lead Gross to speak out against the technological advances that are affecting humanity?

2. What is it about Gross' life that leads him to believe he might not be able to "fight for his innocence?" What reasoning does he give Maria?

3. As illustrated in Scene 8, what is necessary for a bureaucracy to have power over its workers, and what is this an analogy for?

4. How do Stroll and Savant talk about Maria and what do they infer about Gross?

5. What are some more examples of Ballas' parallel experience to Gross' time as Managing Director that are given in the first part of Act 2, Scene 9?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Lear explain the complexities of Ptydepe to the class?

(see the answer keys)

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