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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

Write an essay about Shelly Levene as that tragic hero of Glengarry Glen Ross. To what extent is Levene the puppet of unseen forces throughout the entire play? How does he try to rise above these forces, and how is his final demise the product of this rebellion? Divide the essay into three paragraphs, one for each of these prompts.

Essay Topic 2

David Mamet's work is nearly always concerned with the idea of the scam. His characters are always scheming against other for their own gain, setting up systems that are rigged in their favor. Write an essay about the scams of this play:

Part 1) How is the business of selling this land a lie? Is the business these men engage in connected in any way to the dreams they promise their customers? Cite the interchange between Lingk, Roma, and Levene in Act 2 as evidence.

Part 2) To what extent is the company scamming the salesmen? Is there any way that these men can win in a system like the sales contest?

Part 3) How does Dave Moss scam both the company and his fellow salesmen over the course of the play? How does he keep himself free of risk, and how does his plan work in the end?

Essay Topic 3

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

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