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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many leads was Shelley Levene given last time?

2. How does Williamson say the leads are assigned after Levene asks him for better sits?

3. In what year was the office selling Glen Ross Farms?

4. What are the two men doing at the beginning of the scene?

5. From where does Levene say his current leads have been coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can Levene not get his hands on the premium Glengarry Highland's leads?

2. Describe Levene's big sale story.

3. In what ways do people deal with the uncertainties in life according to Roma?

4. Describe Dave Moss.

5. How do Williamson and Levene stand at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

6. How does Williamson figure out that Levene robbed the office?

7. What is the status of the sales force at the end of the play?

8. Explain the distinction between "speaking" and "talking" in this scene.

9. Describe Roma's essential philosophy as stated in this scene.

10. Describe the setting of the second act.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the character of James Lingk. He does not speak much, but when he does his words express a deep-seeded fear of life and desire to be loved. Why does he buy into Roma's pitch so readily, and why does he remain as loyal to the man as to his own wife? Does the author imply a deeper emotional bond from Lingk's point of view? What does Lingk ultimately represent in the frame of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Scene 3 of Glengarry Glen Ross provides on of the strangest interchanges of the play. Roma's long diatribe to Lingk is equal parts preaching, commiserating, flirting, and salesmanship. Write an essay about the multi-layered ambiguity of the scene. What does each man want from the interchange? How does Roma intermingle Lingk's desire with his own objective? What does this scene say about the nature of sales?

Essay Topic 3

The past is an amorphous entity in Glengarry Glen Ross. The older men are nostalgic for it, and the younger men dismissive. Write an essay about the past in this play. What does it mean to men like Levene and Moss? Have they embellished it to make themselves feel better about the present? What about someone like Williamson? How does he regard the salesmen that come before him?

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