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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 Biff believe the Lomans are unsuccessful?
(a) They are not competitive enough.
(b) They are not loyal and committed.
(c) They do not have a clear mission statement.
(d) They do not belong in the city and should be working with their hands.

2. How does Willy pay for Biff's radio correspondence course?
(a) He skips some mortgage payments.
(b) He works harder and travels further.
(c) He sells lumber stolen from a building site.
(d) He pawns a diamond watch that is a gift from Ben.

3. What is the core of Linda's appeal to her sons?
(a) Not to let Willy know that she has skipped several mortgage payments.
(b) That their father is in despair and needs their attention.
(c) That their father needs money to alleviate his despair.
(d) That they must get medical attention for their father's depression.

4. Why didn't Biff attend the university?
(a) He was unsuccessful in getting a football scholarship.
(b) Biff didn't want to have to leave home.
(c) Willy couldn't afford the outrageous tuition fees.
(d) He flunked high school Math.

5. What sort of debts do Willy and Linda have?
(a) They have a heavy mortgage.
(b) They are paying for roof repair and a new car.
(c) They are paying off household appliances and a repair of their roof.
(d) They are paying for roof repair and a new fan belt for the refrigerator.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Ben make his fortune?

2. Why does Biff plan to visit Bill Oliver?

3. For how long has Willy been a salesman for Howard's firm?

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

5. What reason does Willy give for refusing Charley's offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of Ben's words, "I have many enterprises, William, and I have never kept books."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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