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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. What window does Moss suggest Jerry Graff would pay for each lead when he first broaches the subject?
2. What happens on the thirtieth besides the end of the contest?
3. For what purpose does Williamson say he was hired by the company?
4. How much does Moss estimate Jerry Graff paid for his list of names?
5. What name does Moss say is constantly coming to him in the leads what is completely useless?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Williamson respond to Levene's offer of money?
2. Describe the setting of the second act.
3. What false situation do Levene and Roma create when Lingk enters the office?
4. What new information does the audience find out about the contest in this scene?
5. Describe James Lingk in Act 2.
6. Describe John Williamson.
7. Why does Moss think Aaronow will have the opportunity to turn him in to the police?
8. How does Williamson blow Roma's big sale?
9. In what way is the scene between Lingk and Roma a multilevel communication?
10. What is Roma's ideas concerning morality?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mamet's play is essentially about what is hidden in our speech. Every character in the play wants something, but he conceals his desires behind small-talk, jargon, platitudes, and vulgarity. Choose one character from the play and analyze in an essay how he conceals his objectives. What does he want? How is his personality an act to distract people from his ultimate design? Does he succeed or fail?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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