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 is a synonym for 'trepidation'?

2. Of what does Charley accuse Willy?

3. What promise does Willy believe Howard made to him during the Christmas party?

4. What does Linda think will happen in Biff's meeting with Bill Oliver?

5. What does Charley kid Willy about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Willy say '"Im always in a race with the junkyard!"?

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

5. Comment on Willy's "Dave Singleman" speech.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe and comment upon Miller's use of symbolism (aural, visual and in spoken language) in Death of a Salesman. How does this symbolism emphasize the main ideas in the play? Describe at least three major pieces of symbolism and go into detail as to their meanings and purposes in the play to convey ideas.

Essay Topic 3

"BIFF: 'He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong.'"

"CHARLEY: 'Nobody dost blame this man.'"

Do you agree with Charley? If Willy cannot be blamed for his tragedy, where does the blame (if any) lie?

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