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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. Where does Gross wish he could return to at the end of Acct 1, Scene 4?
(a) His apartment.
(b) His childhood.
(c) The Ptydepe Training Room.
(d) Stroll's office.

2. The larger metaphor for the clerk is a warning against what?
(a) Communism.
(b) A Monarchy.
(c) A Dictatorship.
(d) Liberalism.

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

4. According to Lear, how is the best way to learn Ptydepe?
(a) By speaking it every day.
(b) Slowly.
(c) With an abandonment of English.
(d) With unshakeable faith.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The character of Lear was given the name as a possible reference to what?

2. Hypothetically, the use of Ptydepe could remove what from the office?

3. The parallels Havel draws in Act 1, Scene 4 are between Ballas and what?

4. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?

5. What habit does Hana have that prevents her from doing work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the number of students in Lear's class in Act 2, Scene 11 say about his lecture topic, and the state of the company in general?

2. What is important about Maria's gesture to Gross at the end of Act 1, Scene 6, and what is the irony in it?

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

4. What does the fact that Gross doesn't know the answers to Lear's Ptydepe questions also symbolize, and what is ironic about it?

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

6. What is the recurring theme that Pillar's meetings bring back and why do they upset Ballas?

7. What do the cigars symbolize and how are they used to introduce the Staff Watcher's place in the play?

8. How is Lear's explanation of Ptydepe used to display the arrogance and self-indulgent actions of bureaucrats?

9. What is Ballas' new offer to Gross, and what is the cause of it as well as the reasoning behind it?

10. What subliminal warning does the character of Thumb bring from the author?

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