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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is it that Happy says he has always wanted?
(a) To have his own apartment, a car and plenty of women
(b) To build a house on Long Island near his friend the merchandise manager
(c) To be like his father
(d) To become the merchandise manager and have his own apartment

2. Why does Biff plan to visit Bill Oliver?
(a) To pay back some money lent in the past
(b) To ask him for a job
(c) To give him a job
(d) To ask him for money

3. What statement of Ben's summarizes his business ethics?
(a) Do business on a handshake and fight fair.
(b) Always fight fair with a stranger.
(c) Never fight fair with a stranger.
(d) Treat business like a jungle and watch out for the monkeys.

4. According to Willy, what has left him unsettled and "temporary?"
(a) The wanderings around the countryside when he was a child
(b) Not being happy with Linda
(c) Worrying about the mortgage
(d) He never had a chance to get close to his father.

5. What excuse does Charley give Willy for his visit?
(a) He hears some noise so he thinks he would come in for a chat.
(b) He remembers to tell Willy about an important job opportunity.
(c) He wants to play cards.
(d) He hears some noise and thinks something has happened.

Short Answer Questions

1. What great misconception does Willy express to Ben?

2. Who does Linda refer to as "a philandering bum?"

3. Where does Willy get the money he says is his pay?

4. Who is Bill Oliver?

5. What is Willy Loman carrying as he enters the stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Biff respond to Happy's question about his plans for the future?

2. What is Willy's mood when he leaves for his interview with Howard Wagner?

3. What erratic behavior of Willy's indicates that he is disintegrating emotionally?

4. Comment on the "gay and bright" music that is heard at the beginning of Act 2.

5. What does the audience learn about Linda from her great confrontation with her sons in Act 1?

6. Comment about Willy's assertion that "I never in my life told him anything but decent things."

7. What does this conversation with Biff reveal about Happy's character?

8. As this scene (inside Willy's head) continues, what false idea does Willy peddle to his sons?

9. In what way is the contrast between Willy's dreams and reality expressed in his conversation with Linda?

10. In what picturesque way does Linda reinforce for Biff that his father needs support and nurturing?

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