Glengarry, Glen Ross Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the major thing that humanity fears, according to Roma?

2. What ability does Lingk say he does not have?

3. What land is Roma trying to sell Lingk?

4. What alias does Roma give Levene to deceive Lingk?

5. To what great philanthropist does Moss mockingly compare Roma?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The framing device of the first act only gives us brief glimpses of the characters, and it never puts all of them in the same room. Moreover, it gives us information about the contest in small portions. How does this affect the way the view experiences the play? What speculations does it create? How is the audience prepared for the second act?

Essay Topic 2

In the world of Glengarry Glen Ross, there is no coherent sense of right and wrong. The system is so corrupt that even actions in which people intend good are carried out by perfidious means. Write an essay about the moral ambiguity of the play. How is the company system one in which goodness is punished? How are Roma, who serves the system; Moss, who battles against it; and Levene, who is victimized by it, all essentially equal in their moral framework? Does anyone rise about the miasma of the company?

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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