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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 first human act about which Roma asks Lingk?
2. To what does Leven point immediately after his clients sign the contract?
3. What alias does Roma give Levene to deceive Lingk?
4. How many days has Lingk been told he has to cancel the sale?
5. How many units of Mountain View does Roma fear he will have to re-close?
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
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?
This section contains 415 words
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