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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When discussing his attitudes towards life's uncertainty, what does Roma say he is confident he will have in the even of unseen challenges?
2. To what does Leven point immediately after his clients sign the contract?
3. What order does Williamson frantically give the desperate Aaronow after his interrogation?
4. Which of the following is not an identity that Roma assures Lingk is not important?
5. Where does Roma say refuses to live?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In the world of Glengarry Glen Ross, there is no coherent sense of right and wrong. The system is so corrupt that even actions in which people intend good are carried out by perfidious means. Write an essay about the moral ambiguity of the play. How is the company system one in which goodness is punished? How are Roma, who serves the system; Moss, who battles against it; and Levene, who is victimized by it, all essentially equal in their moral framework? Does anyone rise about the miasma of the company?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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