Glengarry, Glen Ross Test | 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. How much does Moss estimate Jerry Graff paid for his list of names?

2. Who has told Williamson to "marshal" the premium leads?

3. Who could Levene a few years back and have Williamson fired?

4. What derogatory term does Levene use to characterize the leads he has been given?

5. How far back does Levene say he was pitching these same leads?

Short Essay Questions

1. What betrayal does Ricky Roma pull at the end of the play?

2. How does Roma introduce real estate to the conversation?

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

4. Why does Moss need Aaronow to actually rob the office?

5. Describe James Lingk in Act 2.

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

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

8. What does Moss have to say about Indians?

9. Describe the setting of the second act.

10. What does Levene say to Williamson when he first comes to the office?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The robbery is a major driver of plot in the play. Every character is either a part of the plot, affected by it, or both. Write an essay examining the relationship of three characters to the plot. Why do they becomes a part of it? What is their attitude toward its aims? How does their participation in it affect them, and what consequences do they face as a result?

Part 1) Dave Moss

Part 2) George Aaronow

Part 3) Shelly Levene

Essay Topic 3

The character of Dave Moss is often described as having a big mouth, but for all his pontificating on the ways of the world his exact motivation is unclear. Do you think he is an angry man driven to desperation and crime, or is he conniving, greedy man who takes advantage of a desperate situation? Write an essay stating your opinion and citing specifics from the text as evidence.

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