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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the beginning of Act 2, Aaronow protests to Roma and Williamson that the company should do what with the good leads?
2. Which of the following is not something Roma suggests property might represent?
3. How many of the B-list leads does Williamson give Roma?
4. How long has Williamson know the Nyborgs are a bad lead?
5. Which of the following is not something Roma lists as something he remembers from the best sex of his life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mamet's play essentially pits men against each other who are being constantly compared by forces far above them. Write an essay about this inherent comparison of talent and success:
Part 1) Levene speaks at length about his past glory. How does his fabled past compare with his present? How does his outlook on life change along with his fortunes over the course of the play?
Part 2) How does Dave Moss respond to being pitted against his fellow salesmen? How does his final argument with Roma reflect a deep insecurity regarding his own abilities.
Part 3) To what extent is Aaronow defeated by the system? Cite his interactions with Moss and Roma to determine what his chances of survival are. Is he the type of product intended by this competition?
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
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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