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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 does the clerk receive for asking the questions?
(a) A lecture.
(b) An A.
(c) A gold star.
(d) Termination.

2. What does Gross carry with him throughout Scene 2?
(a) The memorandum.
(b) A pen and paper.
(c) A roll.
(d) The new log book.

3. Why does Ballas tell Gross that the log book needs to be replaced?
(a) It has been damaged.
(b) It has been stolen.
(c) It is full.
(d) It is lost.

4. What does the clerk's character symbolize?
(a) The result of a meaningless system.
(b) The dangers of blind loyalty in a bureaucratic system.
(c) The notion of how lazy workers can advance in a company through deceit.
(d) The concerns of the common worker.

5. As explained in the play, what is Ptydepe designed to reduce?
(a) Individuality.
(b) A language barrier between employees.
(c) Clerical errors.
(d) Subordination.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the clerk's name in Scene 2?

2. What style of writing best describes The Memorandum?

3. What does Gross give Ballas and Pillar?

4. According to Gross and Hana's discussion, what is strange about Ptydepe, the new language being introduced?

5. What is Gross' main concern that leads him to become angry in Act 1, Scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the symbolic meanings behind some of the characters introduced in Act 1, Scene 3.

4. What important message does Maria give to Gross at the beginning of the second part of Act 2, Scene 9, part 2 about winning, and how does it apply to his situation?

5. The "wrong cause" that Stroll, Savant, and Helena are upset about dedicating their lives to is really a symbol for what larger "wrong cause?"

6. What is the game that Helena plays with Gross and what does it symbolize?

7. What is significant about Thumb's interaction with Lear in Act 2, Scene 11?

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

9. 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?

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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