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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 Topic 1
In the world of Glengarry Glen Ross, there is no coherent sense of right and wrong. The system is so corrupt that even actions in which people intend good are carried out by perfidious means. Write an essay about the moral ambiguity of the play. How is the company system one in which goodness is punished? How are Roma, who serves the system; Moss, who battles against it; and Levene, who is victimized by it, all essentially equal in their moral framework? Does anyone rise about the miasma of the company?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The framing device of the first act only gives us brief glimpses of the characters, and it never puts all of them in the same room. Moreover, it gives us information about the contest in small portions. How does this affect the way the view experiences the play? What speculations does it create? How is the audience prepared for the second act?
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