Glengarry, Glen Ross Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The robbery is a major driver of plot in the play. Every character is either a part of the plot, affected by it, or both. Write an essay examining the relationship of three characters to the plot. Why do they becomes a part of it? What is their attitude toward its aims? How does their participation in it affect them, and what consequences do they face as a result?

Part 1) Dave Moss

Part 2) George Aaronow

Part 3) Shelly Levene

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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