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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 great misconception does Willy express to Ben?
(a) That a man can end up rich just by being liked.
(b) That all anyone needs is a case of samples.
(c) That all you need to offer is loyalty and the rest will follow.
(d) That people will always keep their word.

2. What reason does Willy give for refusing Charley's offer?
(a) He stresses that he already has a job.
(b) He is insulted.
(c) He says the offer is not generous enough.
(d) He says he is too old to learn anything new.

3. What does Biff need to do in order to avoid flunking Math?
(a) Become organized and study hard
(b) Bribe Mr Birnbaum
(c) Apologize to Mr Birnbaum
(d) Finally hand in his Math assignments

4. What is it about Willy that the woman says she likes?
(a) His big spending and his sense of humor
(b) The smell of his after shave and his happy nature
(c) His sense of humor and because he is sweet
(d) The presents he gives her

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Ben and Willy's father support his family financially as they traveled?

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

3. What worrying news does Bernard bring?

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

5. At the beginning of Act Two, how does Willy express a new optimism?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the card game scene, what evidence of Willy's unused abilities is presented?

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

4. How do the Lomans react to Bernard's news that Biff must study for his coming exams?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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