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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 does Levene characterize Williamson's attitude toward him?
2. Which of Levene's relations does he try to invoke to gain some pity from Williamson?
3. What piece of information does Aaronow try to glean from Moss in many different ways as they discuss robbing the bank?
4. What land group does Moss reminisce about in the beginning of Scene 2?
5. What consolation does Moss give Aaronow at the outset of Scene 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Roma different from the other salesmen in the play?
2. How does Williamson describe his primary duties as office manager?
3. What is the status of Moss and Aaronow's discussion at the end of the scene?
4. What is Roma's ideas concerning morality?
5. How does Williamson respond to Levene's offer of money?
6. How does Roma introduce real estate to the conversation?
7. Describe Moss's exit from the play.
8. What reassurance does Roma give Aaronow about talking to the police?
9. Describe John Williamson.
10. Why is Roma frantic when he enters the office in Act 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mamet's play essentially pits men against each other who are being constantly compared by forces far above them. Write an essay about this inherent comparison of talent and success:
Part 1) Levene speaks at length about his past glory. How does his fabled past compare with his present? How does his outlook on life change along with his fortunes over the course of the play?
Part 2) How does Dave Moss respond to being pitted against his fellow salesmen? How does his final argument with Roma reflect a deep insecurity regarding his own abilities.
Part 3) To what extent is Aaronow defeated by the system? Cite his interactions with Moss and Roma to determine what his chances of survival are. Is he the type of product intended by this competition?
Essay Topic 2
The character of Dave Moss is often described as having a big mouth, but for all his pontificating on the ways of the world his exact motivation is unclear. Do you think he is an angry man driven to desperation and crime, or is he conniving, greedy man who takes advantage of a desperate situation? Write an essay stating your opinion and citing specifics from the text as evidence.
Essay Topic 3
The framing device of the first act only gives us brief glimpses of the characters, and it never puts all of them in the same room. Moreover, it gives us information about the contest in small portions. How does this affect the way the view experiences the play? What speculations does it create? How is the audience prepared for the second act?
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