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. About what does Moss admit he lied?

2. What does Moss expect the police to do after the leads are stolen?

3. What does Moss immediately ask Aaronow after asking if he is in?

4. What system is used to determine who gets the best leads?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roma claim that he deals with the uncertainties of life?

2. What does Moss have to say about Indians?

3. How does the nature Roma and Lingk's conversation shift at the end of the scene?

4. Describe the initial interchange between Lingk and Roma?

5. Describe Moss's exit from the play.

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

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

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

9. Describe the setting of the second act.

10. How does Levene characterize the leads he is given?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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