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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Roma, what will Lingk regret when he dies?
2. What is Baylen's profession?
3. What is the cue Roma asks Levene to give him when Lingk arrives at the office?
4. What major American company does Roma tell Lingk that Levene works for?
5. Which of the following is not an example of a catastrophe that Roma lists as he discusses humanity's fear of loss?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Mamet's world is clearly a world of layered deception, and the web of lies created by the men that live there are perilously fragile. Write an essay about three of these deceptions. What is the objective of each? Why is a lie required to facilitate success, and how do the fragile constructs fall apart?
Part 1) Roma's Lingk sale
Part 2) Levene's big sale
Part 3) Moss's robbery
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