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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Karen's title at the beginning of the play?

2. What is does "green light" mean in the film business?

3. What do Gould and Fox spend time doing in Act One?

4. At the beginning of Act One, who is the head of the studio?

5. When is Fox's deadline to make a deal with Ross?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fox say worried him all night before his meeting with Ross, and why is it ironic?

2. Describe the book Karen wants to see made into a film.

3. How do Gould and Fox talk about their relationships with others in Hollywood?

4. When Fox describes himself as a cog, what does he mean?

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

6. When Karen speaks passionately about "Radiation . . ." how does Gould react?

7. What is significant about Fox's desire for a drink in Act 3?

8. How does Fox feel about the division of power between men and women in the workforce?

9. In the light of day, how do the philosophies expressed by Karen the night before sound to Gould?

10. How does Gould use his power to his advantage in Act Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship Gould has with the films that he produces.

1) What type of film does Gould produce?

2) What type of film does Gould claim he wants to produce?

3) How does Gould feel about the work he produces?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze one of the following dichotomies found in Act One.

1) Art versus commerce.

2) "When the gods would make us mad they answer our prayers".

3) Gould feels used when someone presents him a project he has the power to greenlight.

Essay Topic 3

The author, David Mamet, is known for creating sharp, snappy dialogue that helps define a character. Citing examples from the text, create an argument for or against the idea that the dialogue is as powerful in a character description as the character description that is written in the text.

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