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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. Why does the Department of Authentication refuse to authenticate the new log book?
(a) The book is too expensive.
(b) They purchased the wrong type of log book.
(c) The expense wasn't officially authorized.
(d) They inform them that there will no longer be a need for a log book.

2. Who receives an A, scoring better than Gross, on their knowledge of Ptydepe?
(a) Stroll.
(b) Thumb.
(c) Hana.
(d) Ballas.

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

4. What does Maria ask Gross in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) What he is doing at the party.
(b) Why he tried to steal from Stroll's office.
(c) Why he is no longer Managing Director.
(d) If he is going to learn Ptydepe.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As a reflection of bureaucracy, what kind of explanation do the higher-ups provide for the creation of Ptydepe?

2. Where does Scene 2 take place?

3. As a result of Gross' incorrect answers, what does Lear deny him?

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

5. Which phrase best describes the clerk's actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the fact that Gross doesn't know the answers to Lear's Ptydepe questions also symbolize, and what is ironic about it?

2. 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?

3. What subtle things does Ballas do to maintain his power?

4. What subliminal warning does the character of Thumb bring from the author?

5. What are some of the differences between Ballas and Gross in their experiences as Managing Director?

6. What is Ballas' new offer to Gross, and what is the cause of it as well as the reasoning behind it?

7. What are some examples of Stroll's initial behavior that further symbolize the intention of keeping Gross out of the loop?

8. What are the noticeable habits of Hana, the secretary, that are displayed in the beginning of the play?

9. What events lead Gross to speak out against the technological advances that are affecting humanity?

10. What significant discovery does Ballas make at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

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