Glengarry, Glen Ross Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are the two men doing at the beginning of the scene?

3. What has Aaronow heard about the list of names that Jerry Graff bought?

4. What other sales position does Moss compare their job when he explains the right way to sell people?

5. What does Levene call the leads he has been given?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the status of Moss and Aaronow's discussion at the end of the scene?

2. Describe Ricky Roma.

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

4. According to Moss, what must a man do to go out on his own?

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

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

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

8. What is Moss's alibi for the police?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mamet's world is clearly a world of layered deception, and the web of lies created by the men that live there are perilously fragile. Write an essay about three of these deceptions. What is the objective of each? Why is a lie required to facilitate success, and how do the fragile constructs fall apart?

Part 1) Roma's Lingk sale

Part 2) Levene's big sale

Part 3) Moss's robbery

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the topic of Glengarry Glen Ross as social criticism. In what way is the real estate office a microcosm for a system of capitalism gone rampant? How are the salesmen figures seen as both victims and perpetrators of this system? Cite examples from the real world - perhaps in the modern derivatives market - of people who have served the same purpose in a wildly unregulated system.

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