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. 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
Write an essay about the character of George Aaronow. How does he fit into the framework of the real estate office? What is the first impression that the audience has of this character? Does he betray anyone in the play, and does this make him a better person? Does that fact that he has not been fired or arrested by the end of the play signify a sort of ironic justice?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In Act 1, Scene 3, Ricky Roma speaks at length about the world, fear, morality, and eventually real estate. Analyze this monologue, dividing your examination into three parts:
Part 1) In the beginning of the scene, Roma is engaging James Lingk in a frank discussion about moral codes. About what does he assure Lingk? What does he believe about middle-class morality?
Part 2) The body of Roma's, monologue concerns the things that drive human beings to fear full paralysis. What are these things? How does Roma free himself of them? How does he recommend Lingk do the same?
Part 3) What is the ultimate objective of Roma's soliloquy? How does he make this objective clear at the very end of the scene? How has the rest of the monologue been at service of this objective?
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