Death of a Salesman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Biff say would make him happy?

2. What does Willy feel is a disgrace?

3. What jobs has Biff mostly had since leaving school?

4. What offer of Charley's does Willy refuse?

5. What make of car does Willy currently drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that prevents Willy from accepting the offer of a job from Charley?

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

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

4. What is Linda's attitude to Willy's return?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Biff suggest he and Happy do to change their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The commercial world inhabited by Willy Loman is very different from that which operates in the twenty-first century. Willy's tragedy would be impossible today." Referring to the text and to your knowledge of today's world, either agree with or refute this statement.

Essay Topic 2

"Death of a Salesman is a savage indictment of commercial values." Discuss with close reference to the play.

Essay Topic 3

"Willy Loman's problem is not that he had the wrong dream, but that the dream was not large enough." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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