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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 happens on the thirtieth besides the end of the contest?
3. What have the salesmen been offered if they win the sales contest?
4. What is the hardest part of going out on your own, according to Moss?
5. How does Levene characterize Williamson's attitude toward him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Roma trying to tell Lingk about opportunities in life?
2. What big news does Levene have when he enters in Act 2?
3. Explain the distinction between "speaking" and "talking" in this scene.
4. Why does Moss think Aaronow will have the opportunity to turn him in to the police?
5. What does Levene say to Williamson when he first comes to the office?
6. How does Levene characterize the leads he is given?
7. Describe Ricky Roma.
8. How does Moss initially broach the idea of robbing the office?
9. What does Moss have to say about Indians?
10. What betrayal does Ricky Roma pull at the end of the play?
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 idea of authority is ambiguous in Mamet's play. On the one hand, even a small amount of power affects many people in this small, claustrophobic world. On the other hand, being in a position of authority draws open ire and isolation. Write an essay on the subject of power, in two parts:
Part 1) Williamson and Baylen are arguably the most powerful characters in the play. From where does this power derive, and how does each use it? What price do these men pay for the authority they have over other men.
Part 2) The essential conduits of absolute power in the play are the unseen Mitch and Murray. Examine the nature of this power. In what ways do the salesmen alternately regard them as fathers and tyrants?
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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