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 distance does Willy measure between the rows?

2. What does Charley say causes an earthquake?

3. How does Biff respond to Linda's accusations?

4. What is Happy's version of the great dream?

5. How does Charley respond to Happy's claim that they (the brothers) would have helped Willy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way is Willy's life echoed in Biff's account of his attempt to see Bill Oliver?

3. Did Willy Loman die in vain?

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

5. What is Willy's final fantasy?

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

7. Why did Willy never find true happiness?

8. What is the effect of Willy's words, "The gist of it is that I haven't got a story left in my head."?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of irony in Death of a Salesman. Are the characters aware of the ironies in the story? How does it affect their behaviors?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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