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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. To whom is Williamson giving the premium leads?

2. After agreeing to Williamson's conditions, what does Levene say they will do after the sales contest?

3. What cliche does Moss use to indicate that the company has ruined the real estate environment?

4. What nationality does Moss warn Aaronow never to try to sell?

5. How many premium Glengarry leads does Moss estimate the office has?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reality of Levene's big sale, according to Williamson?

2. Describe Roma's essential philosophy as stated in this scene.

3. How does Roma claim that he deals with the uncertainties of life?

4. Describe James Lingk in Act 2.

5. How has the company gone wrong in recent years, according to Moss?

6. How does Levene explain his current poor performance?

7. What is the status of the salesmen at the end of Act 1?

8. How is Roma different from the other salesmen in the play?

9. What does Roma think makes people afraid to act?

10. How do Williamson and Levene stand at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Shelly Levene as that tragic hero of Glengarry Glen Ross. To what extent is Levene the puppet of unseen forces throughout the entire play? How does he try to rise above these forces, and how is his final demise the product of this rebellion? Divide the essay into three paragraphs, one for each of these prompts.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Scene 3, Ricky Roma speaks at length about the world, fear, morality, and eventually real estate. Analyze this monologue, dividing your examination into three parts:

Part 1) In the beginning of the scene, Roma is engaging James Lingk in a frank discussion about moral codes. About what does he assure Lingk? What does he believe about middle-class morality?

Part 2) The body of Roma's, monologue concerns the things that drive human beings to fear full paralysis. What are these things? How does Roma free himself of them? How does he recommend Lingk do the same?

Part 3) What is the ultimate objective of Roma's soliloquy? How does he make this objective clear at the very end of the scene? How has the rest of the monologue been at service of this objective?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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