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 Howard say about his new wire recorder?

2. What great misconception does Willy express to Ben?

3. What is it that Linda almost forgets to tell Willy?

4. How does Willy refer to Howard?

5. Who does Happy say is his ideal girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What reassuring news does Linda give Biff when he phones her?

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

10. In what way is Linda realistic about life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Linda: 'It sounds so old-fashioned and silly, but I tell you he put his whole life into you and you've turned your backs on him.'"

Account for Biff's and Happy's treatment of their father, making close reference to the text.

Essay Topic 2

"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?

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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