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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 Maria offer Helena in Act 1, scene 3?
(a) Cigarettes.
(b) A roll.
(c) A donut.
(d) Onions.

2. Where does Act 1, Scene 3 take place?
(a) The Ptydepe Translation Center.
(b) The Ptydepe Classroom.
(c) The Department of Authenticity.
(d) The Accounting Office.

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

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

5. What does Gross tell himself to rationalize his decision in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) That he was too weak to resist it.
(b) That he had no choice.
(c) That Ballas was right.
(d) That he could better serve the company in his new position.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who receives an A, scoring better than Gross, on their knowledge of Ptydepe?

2. Where does the Staff Watcher watch from?

3. What does Maria ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 6?

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

5. What is very interesting about the intentional way Havel presents the office?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In the final scene of the play, what theme is brought to the forefront and what is the message Havel delivers?

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

4. What is Lear lecturing about during Act 2, Scene 11, and why does it cause Gross to stop and listen?

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

6. What is the recurring theme that Pillar's meetings bring back and why do they upset Ballas?

7. How does Lear explain the complexities of Ptydepe to the class?

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

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

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

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