Death of a Salesman Test | Final 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 Charley's response when Linda asks him to go on ahead?

2. What is Willy doing in the garden?

3. How does Biff convey his strong reluctance to see Bill Oliver?

4. What does Willy find joy in recalling?

5. What makes Linda bewildered about Willy's suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Linda want to prevent the boys speaking to their father?

2. Why does Charlie reply with just a grunt to Happy's angry attitude to his father's suicide and claim that "We would've helped him."?

3. How does Biff feel about lying to his father about the Bill Oliver interview?

4. Why did Willy never find true happiness?

5. Is Death of a Salesman an uncompromising indictment of "The American Dream"?

6. What is Willy's reaction to Biff's attempt to tell the day's events truthfully?

7. What is one function of the figure of Ben in his last manifestation inside Willy's head?

8. Is Biff correct in saying of Willy that "He never knew who he was."?

9. How is it that Biff has come to regard his father as a hypocrite?

10. Account for Linda's bewilderment at Willy's suicide.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

"Death of a Salesman offers a pessimistic view of the citizen's place in the social world.'" Do you agree? Regardless of how you answer regarding Willy, what of his sons? Describe the likely futures of Biff and Happy.

Essay Topic 3

"It comes with the territory" has passed into the language. What does this phrase mean and why is it so crucial to our understanding of Death of a Salesman?

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