Speed-the-Plow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Gould tell Fox the movie business should be?

3. How does Fox describe the film in Act One?

4. What type of film did Fox show the movie star?

5. What does Gould tell Fox to get in Ross' office?

Short Essay Questions

1. Gould points out to Karen that a film that nobody sees won't make a difference anyway. What does he mean by this?

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

3. Gould toys with the idea of replacing his regular secretary with Karen, the temp. Why is this significant?

4. What is the relationship between Fox and Gould?

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

6. Why does Gould want to present Fox's film idea to Ross in person, with Fox?

7. After Gould offers Karen a job at the studio and she says she wants only to work on "Radiation . . ." why is Gould confused?

8. Other than money, why is Fox excited about the prospect of success?

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

10. How does Gould first reveal to Karen that "Radiation . . ." will not be produced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear is mentioned several times within Speed-the-plow. Analyze the idea of fear based on its presence in the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the types of films Gould mentions from his past and how they compare to the following potential material:

1) "Radiation . . ."

2) "Prison"

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