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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 the Staff Watcher watch from?
(a) The closet.
(b) A hole in the wall.
(c) The corner.
(d) The main office.

2. What is Gross rumored to be using inappropriately?
(a) The company vehicle.
(b) His authority.
(c) A rubber stamp.
(d) Company funds.

3. The parallels Havel draws in Act 1, Scene 4 are between Ballas and what?
(a) Bureaucracy.
(b) Irrational thinking.
(c) Incompetence.
(d) Hypocrisy.

4. What is significant about the examples Lear uses for the word, "boo?"
(a) They describe an ambush or surprise, which symbolizes what Gross is experiencing.
(b) They describe the act of trying to scare someone, which symbolizes Gross' intent earlier.
(c) They describe the act of crying, which symbolizes Gross' sorrow over his title loss.
(d) They describe the act of scaring someone who has been stealing, which symbolizes the Staff Watcher catching Gross earlier.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gross attempt to steal from Stroll's desk?

2. Who does Helena introduce herself as?

3. In modern times, what is a term used to describe the act of portraying something negative in a positive way?

4. What does Lear take a great deal of time to do?

5. What does Gross tell himself to rationalize his decision in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Havel use the reference of a theater to symbolize?

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

3. 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?

4. What are some examples in Scene 6 of Gross being continually kept of the loop?

5. 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?

6. What is a Ptydepeist, and what is their purpose?

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

8. What does Gross' signature of the Ptydepe authorization set into motion?

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

10. What does the fire extinguisher symbolize?

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