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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. Ballas and the higher-ups manipulate Gross in order to bring what to the company?
(a) Ptydepe.
(b) A more efficient system.
(c) Progress.
(d) Less paperwork.

2. The parallels Havel draws in Act 1, Scene 4 are between Ballas and what?
(a) Hypocrisy.
(b) Irrational thinking.
(c) Bureaucracy.
(d) Incompetence.

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

4. What does Gross declare is reduced when people are forbidden to use their natural language?
(a) Their humanity.
(b) Their education.
(c) Their dignity.
(d) Their sanity.

5. What does Ballas ask Gross at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) If he can purchase an additional log book.
(b) If he is ready to be reasonable.
(c) If he has any more rolls.
(d) If he received the authorization.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?

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

3. According to Lear, how is the best way to learn Ptydepe?

4. Why does Ballas tell Gross that the log book needs to be replaced?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Who is Thumb and what does the character represent?

4. How does Lear explain Ptydepe in describing the process for learning it?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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