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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. For what reason does Willy think the builder should have been arrested?
2. What great regret does Willy mention to Happy?
3. What does Willy say about Biff's knowledge of sporting goods?
4. How long has it taken the Lomans to pay off their house?
5. What ultimatum does Linda serve to her sons?
Short Essay Questions
1. As this scene (inside Willy's head) continues, what false idea does Willy peddle to his sons?
2. How does Biff respond to Happy's question about his plans for the future?
3. What is Happy's attitude to the news that his father is contemplating suicide?
4. In the first few minutes of the play, what indications are there that Willy has an affinity with the artistic and creative?
5. Comment about Willy's assertion that "I never in my life told him anything but decent things."
6. What does the audience learn about Linda from her great confrontation with her sons in Act 1?
7. Why does Willy say '"Im always in a race with the junkyard!"?
8. 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?
9. In what picturesque way does Linda reinforce for Biff that his father needs support and nurturing?
10. Why has Willy unexpectedly returned from his journey?
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
"Like tragic heroes, Willy Loman's fatal flaw is pride, but he is not a tragic hero." Do you agree? Explain your answer. If Willy is in fact a tragic hero, what makes him heroic? If he is not, explain why he is a protagonist at best, and should not be looked up to as a hero.
Essay Topic 3
"As a salesman, Willy Loman was like a low-ranking priest in the religion of commerce, with all its fake values and promises." Discuss with close reference to Death of a Salesman.
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