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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
Write an essay about the setting of the play. What is Mamet saying about the world that these men inhabit? Does he believe they can ever escape it, or does the constant grinding follow them everywhere they go? What lives do they have outside of this world? Divide the essay into two parts analyzing the significance and connection between these two locations:
Part 1) The Chinese restaurant
Part 2) The office
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
John Williamson is the focal point of rage in the play. He is the company man, the outsider whose neck is not on the line. Examine three instances in the play in which salesmen lash out at him. Why are they angry at him? Is he truly at fault for their failure? How does he respond?
Part 1) Aaronow's outburst during his interrogation
Part 2) Roma's tirade after Williamson blow his sale
Part 3) Levene's lecture after Roma's outburst
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