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. Which two characters are onstage at the beginning of Act 2?

2. Which of the following is not an identity that Roma assures Lingk is not important?

3. Who will take care of re-closing the contracts that were stolen in the robbery?

4. Who has the last line of Act 1?

5. What is Lingk's first name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of authority is ambiguous in Mamet's play. On the one hand, even a small amount of power affects many people in this small, claustrophobic world. On the other hand, being in a position of authority draws open ire and isolation. Write an essay on the subject of power, in two parts:

Part 1) Williamson and Baylen are arguably the most powerful characters in the play. From where does this power derive, and how does each use it? What price do these men pay for the authority they have over other men.

Part 2) The essential conduits of absolute power in the play are the unseen Mitch and Murray. Examine the nature of this power. In what ways do the salesmen alternately regard them as fathers and tyrants?

Essay Topic 2

The past is an amorphous entity in Glengarry Glen Ross. The older men are nostalgic for it, and the younger men dismissive. Write an essay about the past in this play. What does it mean to men like Levene and Moss? Have they embellished it to make themselves feel better about the present? What about someone like Williamson? How does he regard the salesmen that come before him?

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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