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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 childhood.
(b) The Ptydepe Training Room.
(c) Stroll's office.
(d) His apartment.

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

3. The irony of the events in Acct 1, Scene 5 is that Gross' lack of knowledge prevents him from gaining what?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) His dignity.
(c) Power.
(d) His management position back.

4. What does the item that Gross is carrying in Act 1, Scene 5 symbolize?
(a) His lack of enthusiasm for his new position.
(b) His intolerance for Ptydepe.
(c) His addiction to coffee.
(d) His desire to hold onto whatever power he has left.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is further illustrated in Scene 2?

2. Who does the clerk's questions impress?

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

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

5. What is still in its infancy and talked about as if it were a baby?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After all of the speculation throughout the play, what are the contents of Gross' memo revealed to be, and what effect does this have on him?

4. What do we notice right away about the relationship between Ballas and Pillar?

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

6. What do Ballas and Column continue to perpetuate by going to lunch in the middle of Lear's lecture in Act 2, Scene 11?

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

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

9. What is ironic about the way the conversation between Gross and Ballas starts and the way it concludes, specifically concerning Gross' job?

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

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