Speed-the-Plow Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Explain Gould's position at the film company.

Gould holds the position of producer, and he is relatively new. He has just been promoted, which is mentioned several times in the opening act. The evidence of half unpacked boxes around the stage also demonstrates that his position with the company is relatively new.

2. How does Gould describe the movies he now has to produce?

Gould describes the films he now has to produce as somewhere between art and entertainment.

3. What issue does Gould seem to be debating within himself at the beginning of Act One?

At the beginning of Act One, Gould seems to be struggling with the fact that he had once thought the movie business would be fun and a celebration of art, but now that he is successful, it's more about the almighty dollar than having fun. He refers to himself as a "slave to commerce," and he feels he is no longer able to have fun.

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