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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. How much money does Levene claimed to have made in 1979?

2. What does Moss expect the police to do after the leads are stolen?

3. Where is Moss sleeping this evening?

4. How many leads was Shelley Levene given last time?

5. What used to be the "prize" in a sales contest, according to Levene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What point is Roma making discussing his best sexual experience?

2. Explain the distinction between "speaking" and "talking" in this scene.

3. How does Williamson blow Roma's big sale?

4. What is Shelley Levene's objective in having lunch with Williamson?

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

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

7. What caveat does Levene try to add to his arrangement with Williamson, and how does Williamson respond?

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

9. How does the deal between Levene and Williamson fall apart?

10. What is Roma trying to tell Lingk about opportunities in life?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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