Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Aaronow claim to be concerned about as he and Moss complain about the sales contest?
2. What are the two men doing at the beginning of the scene?
3. What has Aaronow heard about the list of names that Jerry Graff bought?
4. What other sales position does Moss compare their job when he explains the right way to sell people?
5. What does Levene call the leads he has been given?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the status of Moss and Aaronow's discussion at the end of the scene?
2. Describe Ricky Roma.
3. How is Roma different from the other salesmen in the play?
4. According to Moss, what must a man do to go out on his own?
5. How has the company gone wrong in recent years, according to Moss?
6. How does Moss initially broach the idea of robbing the office?
7. What is the status of the salesmen at the end of Act 1?
8. What is Moss's alibi for the police?
9. What false situation do Levene and Roma create when Lingk enters the office?
10. Explain the distinction between "speaking" and "talking" in this scene.
Write an essay about the character of George Aaronow. How does he fit into the framework of the real estate office? What is the first impression that the audience has of this character? Does he betray anyone in the play, and does this make him a better person? Does that fact that he has not been fired or arrested by the end of the play signify a sort of ironic justice?
David Mamet's work is nearly always concerned with the idea of the scam. His characters are always scheming against other for their own gain, setting up systems that are rigged in their favor. Write an essay about the scams of this play:
Part 1) How is the business of selling this land a lie? Is the business these men engage in connected in any way to the dreams they promise their customers? Cite the interchange between Lingk, Roma, and Levene in Act 2 as evidence.
Part 2) To what extent is the company scamming the salesmen? Is there any way that these men can win in a system like the sales contest?
Part 3) How does Dave Moss scam both the company and his fellow salesmen over the course of the play? How does he keep himself free of risk, and how does his plan work in the end?
Write an essay about the setting of the play. What is Mamet saying about the world that these men inhabit? Does he believe they can ever escape it, or does the constant grinding follow them everywhere they go? What lives do they have outside of this world? Divide the essay into two parts analyzing the significance and connection between these two locations:
Part 1) The Chinese restaurant
Part 2) The office
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