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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. ___________ says "And, by God, I was rich."
(a) Ketchikan
(b) Willy Loman
(c) Ben Loman
(d) Bill Oliver

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

3. When was J.P. Morgan very well liked, according to Charley?
(a) When he visited the butcher.
(b) When he built a railroad.
(c) When he had his pockets on.
(d) When he was in the turkish bath.

4. What derogatory comment does Biff make about Willy?
(a) That he looks like a walrus.
(b) That he has no talent for earning money.
(c) That he has no character.
(d) That he looks like a salesman.

5. Who does Linda refer to as "a philandering bum?"
(a) Howard
(b) Biff
(c) Happy
(d) Bernard

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Ben make his fortune?

2. How has Willy's salary rate changed?

3. What does Willy tell Linda about his feelings for her?

4. Where does Willy believe his company most needs him?

5. What worrying news does Bernard bring?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the importance of Howard Wagner's new wire recorder?

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

4. Why has Willy unexpectedly returned from his journey?

5. What is revealed about Willy during his hallucinatory return to the past?

6. In what way does the commercial world intrude into the wire recorder demonstration?

7. What is revealed about teenage Biff's popularity with girls?

8. What is the significance of the way the Loman house is presented when the play begins?

9. In the first few minutes of the play, what indications are there that Willy has an affinity with the artistic and creative?

10. What important idea in the play is referenced by Linda's words, 'He could be--anything--in that suit!"?

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