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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. For what reason does Willy think the builder should have been arrested?
(a) For preventing Willy from growing carrots in his backyard
(b) For building the bad-taste apartments
(c) For cutting down two beautiful elm trees
(d) For harassment and fraud

2. What does Linda think will happen in Biff's meeting with Bill Oliver?
(a) Biff will return the goods he stole a few years ago.
(b) Biff will ask Bill Oliver for a steady job.
(c) Biff will ask for ten or fifteen thousand dollars.
(d) Biff will ask for thirty thousand dollars.

3. How did Ben make his fortune?
(a) In oil
(b) In diamond mines
(c) In Alaskan exploration
(d) In the fur trade

4. What does Biff say would make him happy?
(a) His father retiring
(b) His brother working with him out in the country
(c) His brother marrying and settling down
(d) To have his own apartment and a steady girlfriend

5. What metaphor about Willy does Linda use in her phone conversation with Biff?
(a) "He's an old clipper with no skipper."
(b) "He's like a boat looking for a harbor."
(c) "He's like an old man rocking the boat."
(d) "He's only a little boat looking for a harbor."

Short Answer Questions

1. What important admission does Willy make to Charley?

2. What does Willy's plan for cutting off the tree branch show us about him?

3. What sort of debts do Willy and Linda have?

4. When Linda says "You notice?", what is she referring to?

5. What happens as Willy is driving on the highway?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Happy's attitude to the news that his father is contemplating suicide?

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

5. What reassuring news does Linda give Biff when he phones her?

6. In what sense is Willy ironic when he comments that it is obscene for Biff not to have found himself by the age of thirty-four?

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

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

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

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

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