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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. What does Williamson say could happen to him if he gives Shelley the leads?

2. How much does Moss eventually reveal Graff would pay for each of the leads?

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

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

5. Which of Levene's relations does he try to invoke to gain some pity from Williamson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe James Lingk in Act 2.

4. Describe George Aaronow.

5. How do Williamson and Levene stand at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

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

9. Describe some of the extravagant claims Levene makes about his past with the company.

10. Describe Ricky Roma.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Williamson is the focal point of rage in the play. He is the company man, the outsider whose neck is not on the line. Examine three instances in the play in which salesmen lash out at him. Why are they angry at him? Is he truly at fault for their failure? How does he respond?

Part 1) Aaronow's outburst during his interrogation

Part 2) Roma's tirade after Williamson blow his sale

Part 3) Levene's lecture after Roma's outburst

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

The idea of authority is ambiguous in Mamet's play. On the one hand, even a small amount of power affects many people in this small, claustrophobic world. On the other hand, being in a position of authority draws open ire and isolation. Write an essay on the subject of power, in two parts:

Part 1) Williamson and Baylen are arguably the most powerful characters in the play. From where does this power derive, and how does each use it? What price do these men pay for the authority they have over other men.

Part 2) The essential conduits of absolute power in the play are the unseen Mitch and Murray. Examine the nature of this power. In what ways do the salesmen alternately regard them as fathers and tyrants?

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