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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. Lear agrees to help Gross, only if he can show that his interest in Ptydepe is what?
(a) Fabricated.
(b) Mandatory.
(c) A sign of acceptance.
(d) Sincere.

2. What do Stroll and Savant remark about Maria?
(a) She is lazy.
(b) She is always getting food.
(c) She is attractive.
(d) She doesn't know Ptydepe yet.

3. in Act 1, Scene 5, what does Lear attempt to illustrate about Ptydepe?
(a) Words in traditional language are given different meanings in Ptydepe.
(b) Ptydepe does not use grammar.
(c) Ptydepe makes no sense.
(d) The vowels in Ptydepe are silent.

4. What habit does Hana have that prevents her from doing work?
(a) She combs her hair.
(b) She asks too many questions.
(c) She talks too much.
(d) She is always late.

5. What does Stroll tell Gross is necessary in order to prevent any further individualism?
(a) The mandatory number of hours a worker is required to work.
(b) The authorization of all future purchases.
(c) The restriction of any worker leaving the office.
(d) The authorization for all Ptydepe translations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Act 1, Scene 3 trying to illustrate about Gross?

2. As explained in the play, what is Ptydepe designed to reduce?

3. Ballas and the higher-ups manipulate Gross in order to bring what to the company?

4. What does Ballas constantly look to Pillar for?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 does the number of students in Lear's class in Act 2, Scene 11 say about his lecture topic, and the state of the company in general?

5. What is different about Thumb's responses in Act 2, Scene 8 as compared to earlier in the play?

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

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

8. What is it about Gross' personality that makes him susceptible to Ballas' manipulation?

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

10. What does the fire extinguisher symbolize?

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