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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. As a result of Gross' incorrect answers, what does Lear deny him?
(a) Further classes on Ptydepe.
(b) The memo translation.
(c) His previous position back.
(d) A cigarette.

2. What point is the author trying to make by having Hana make separate trips for food?
(a) She is wasting time, but no one realizes it.
(b) She is always hungry.
(c) They don't have money in the budget for a new log book, but there is money for food.
(d) Gross has no control over her.

3. What do Stroll and Savant remark about Maria?
(a) She is attractive.
(b) She is always getting food.
(c) She is lazy.
(d) She doesn't know Ptydepe yet.

4. What is the underlying message about Stroll's position?
(a) He is incompetent, yet his lack of experience goes undetected.
(b) He abuses his authority by making hasty decisions.
(c) He enjoys humiliating Gross.
(d) His knowledge is used to represent power over others.

5. Who receives an A, scoring better than Gross, on their knowledge of Ptydepe?
(a) Stroll.
(b) Thumb.
(c) Ballas.
(d) Hana.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the Staff Watcher watch from?

2. What kind of a party is going on in Act 1, Scene 6?

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

4. At the beginning of the play, what kind of letter does Gross receive?

5. What does Hana repeatedly ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the difference between Thumb and Gross as the characters are portrayed in Act 1, Scene 2.

4. What is the reason Lear gives for a need of the new language, Ptydepe?

5. What are two main issues that Gross has with Ptydepe in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

8. How is the symbolism of the fire extinguisher heightened at the beginning of the second part of Act 2, Scene 9, part 2 with George and Gross?

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

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

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