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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 Gross do with the letter?
(a) He burns it.
(b) He throws it away.
(c) He ignores it.
(d) He reads it out loud.

2. Hypothetically, the use of Ptydepe could remove what from the office?
(a) A number of positions.
(b) Misunderstanding in inter-office communications.
(c) The need to speak.
(d) Waste of paper for multiple memos.

3. What does Gross' lack of Ptydepe knowledge signal, according to Lear?
(a) That he should not be working for the company.
(b) That he is not genuinely interested in learning Ptydepe.
(c) That he deserved to be removed from his position.
(d) That he is smarter than the rest of the class.

4. What leads to Ballas and Gross switching positions?
(a) The Staff Watcher's report.
(b) Gross' lack of Ptydepe proficiency.
(c) A decision from the higher-ups.
(d) A bet that Gross loses.

5. Who does Gross talk to while he is waiting for Helena?
(a) Hana.
(b) Savant.
(c) George.
(d) Himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ballas manipulate Gross into admitting in Act 1, Scene 6?

2. What is Gross trying to get accomplished in Act 1, Scene 3?

3. What do Stroll and Savant remark about Maria?

4. What does Helena ask Maria to do with the bag of limes she is carrying?

5. Lear agrees to help Gross, only if he can show that his interest in Ptydepe is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What do the cigars symbolize and how are they used to introduce the Staff Watcher's place in the play?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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