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. Who will take care of re-closing the contracts that were stolen in the robbery?
2. Who reenters the office in the last moment of the play?
3. What does Aaronow ask for when he steps out of his interrogation?
4. Which two salesmen are still working for the Company at the end of the play?
5. According to Roma, what are the chances that any of the catastrophes he names will befall a person?
Essay Topic 1
In accordance with his interest in misdirection and scheming, Mamet's work is know for its critique of the English language. Primarily, the playwright argues that the language is misleading and imprecise. Write an essay on Mamet's ambiguous language, focusing on Moss's interchange with Aaronow regarding the robbery. How does Moss parse the words "talking" and "speaking?" How does this allow him to entrap Aaronow?
Essay Topic 2
One of the central drivers of plot in the play is the sales contest. Write an essay on this contest in three parts:
Part 1) Williamson is the bearer of new from Mitch and Murray, and he endeavors to explain the reasoning behind the contest. How does he defend the contest to Levene? Do you think it is intended to increase revenue, reduce the work force, or both?
Part 2) Levene, Moss, and Aaronow all decry the idiocy of the contest in the first act. What are their points regarding it? How was the business run in the past in terms of compensation? Do you think these men have a point?
Part 3) What unintended consequences result for the institution of this contest? Does the company ultimately benefit from it? What problems does it cause for Williamson and the salesmen?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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