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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which character does not appear onstage in Act 1?
2. What does Roma say is the only measure of wealth a person can amass?
3. Who does Baylen call into his office while Lingk is in the office?
4. Who is the first salesman that Baylen interviews for an interview in Act 2?
5. What does Aaronow ask for when he steps out of his interrogation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay on the character of James Lingk. He does not speak much, but when he does his words express a deep-seeded fear of life and desire to be loved. Why does he buy into Roma's pitch so readily, and why does he remain as loyal to the man as to his own wife? Does the author imply a deeper emotional bond from Lingk's point of view? What does Lingk ultimately represent in the frame of the play?
Essay Topic 2
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
Essay Topic 3
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?
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