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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 do Ballas and Gross argue about?
(a) The termination of Ptydepe.
(b) Gross' refusal to understand Ptydepe.
(c) The Staff Watcher's report.
(d) Ballas' salary.

2. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?
(a) The Department of Authenticity.
(b) The Accounts Department.
(c) Ptydepe operations.
(d) The snack bar.

3. Why is Savant "unable" to offer Gross any coffee?
(a) They tell him it tastes horrible.
(b) Gross drinks too much already.
(c) There isn't enough.
(d) They aren't drinking any.

4. What is Gross symbolically holding when Ballas and Pillar return to his office in Act 1 Scene 4?
(a) A fire extinguisher.
(b) A paper weight.
(c) A Ptydepe Dictionary.
(d) An empty box.

5. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?
(a) The purpose of the office is never stated.
(b) The characters come and go without asking permission.
(c) The positions of the characters are never stated.
(d) It only has one room.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Stroll exit in Act 1, Scene 3?

3. The larger metaphor for the clerk is a warning against what?

4. What does Gross finally concede to do in Act 1, Scene 4?

5. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What is both ironic and significant about Pillar's outburst at the end of Act 2, Scene 10?

6. What are some examples of the familiarity of Ballas' morning as Managing Director and what is it similar to?

7. What does Helena's request for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?

8. What is significant about Gross' search for cigarettes and what does Havel use it to represent in the play?

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

10. What does Maria's locating a new job for Gross say about her as a character, and what does Gross' reason for staying with the company say about him as a character?

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