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 does Linda try to prevent Biff from doing?

2. What is it that "comes with the territory?"

3. What implement is Willy using?

4. What musical instrument can be heard as the scene changes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What information about his meeting with Bill Oliver does Biff supply to Willy?

2. In what way is Happy's betrayal of his father ironic?

3. How is the fact of Willy's severe disintegration communicated to the audience?

4. Account for Willy's anger towards Biff.

5. Has Willy any idea of what it is that has caused his estrangement from Biff?

6. According to Biff, what is at the core of Willy's (and his own) problems?

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

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

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

10. What insight does Biff experience in the few moments he does get to see Bill Oliver?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What function does Linda's character fulfill in the drama of Death of a Salesman? Is she the strongest character in the play? Back up your answer with at least three examples from the play, and explain why they are relevant.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

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?

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