Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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.
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.
Mamet's play essentially pits men against each other who are being constantly compared by forces far above them. Write an essay about this inherent comparison of talent and success:
Part 1) Levene speaks at length about his past glory. How does his fabled past compare with his present? How does his outlook on life change along with his fortunes over the course of the play?
Part 2) How does Dave Moss respond to being pitted against his fellow salesmen? How does his final argument with Roma reflect a deep insecurity regarding his own abilities.
Part 3) To what extent is Aaronow defeated by the system? Cite his interactions with Moss and Roma to determine what his chances of survival are. Is he the type of product intended by this competition?
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
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