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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. Where is Levene currently living?

2. Which of the following is not one of the years Levene claims to have been at the top of the board?

3. For what purpose does Williamson say he was hired by the company?

4. On what date of the month does the sales contest end?

5. How much does Moss eventually promise to give Aaronow for the robbery?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Shelly Levene.

3. How does Moss initially broach the idea of robbing the office?

4. How does Levene explain his current poor performance?

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

6. What new information does the audience find out about the contest in this scene?

7. What false situation do Levene and Roma create when Lingk enters the office?

8. Describe Dave Moss.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The past is an amorphous entity in Glengarry Glen Ross. The older men are nostalgic for it, and the younger men dismissive. Write an essay about the past in this play. What does it mean to men like Levene and Moss? Have they embellished it to make themselves feel better about the present? What about someone like Williamson? How does he regard the salesmen that come before him?

Essay Topic 3

One of the central drivers of plot in the play is the sales contest. Write an essay on this contest in three parts:

Part 1) Williamson is the bearer of new from Mitch and Murray, and he endeavors to explain the reasoning behind the contest. How does he defend the contest to Levene? Do you think it is intended to increase revenue, reduce the work force, or both?

Part 2) Levene, Moss, and Aaronow all decry the idiocy of the contest in the first act. What are their points regarding it? How was the business run in the past in terms of compensation? Do you think these men have a point?

Part 3) What unintended consequences result for the institution of this contest? Does the company ultimately benefit from it? What problems does it cause for Williamson and the salesmen?

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