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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. Who does the clerk's questions impress?
(a) Hana.
(b) Lear.
(c) Ballas.
(d) Gross.

2. What does Gross fear if he does not agree to the switch?
(a) He will be even further demoted.
(b) His career will be over.
(c) He will have to talk to the Staff Watcher again.
(d) He will have a lawsuit filed against him.

3. As a result of Gross' incorrect answers, what does Lear deny him?
(a) Further classes on Ptydepe.
(b) His previous position back.
(c) A cigarette.
(d) The memo translation.

4. What do the higher-ups apparently approve in return for the office using Ptydepe?
(a) More vacation time.
(b) A new snack bar.
(c) A shorter work week.
(d) Raises for all the employees.

5. What kind of a party is going on in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) A Birthday party.
(b) A retirement party.
(c) A Ptydepe party.
(d) A promotion party.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Helena's constant need for Maria to help her make coffee symbolize?

2. In defense of Ptydepe, what does Ballas declare the new language is far more of than the current one?

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

4. What is the overall point that Havel is making in Act 1, Scene 5?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. What does the introduction of Ptydepe signal in the play as it pertains to Gross and his position within the company?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. How is Lear's explanation of Ptydepe used to display the arrogance and self-indulgent actions of bureaucrats?

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