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. Who brings flowers for Linda?

2. How long does Biff wait to see Bill Oliver?

3. To whose comment about Willy does Happy object?

4. Biff speaking to whom when he says "'I know who I am, kid."

5. How is the presence of the Woman given away?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Happy think Biff should handle telling Willy the bad news when he arrives at the restaurant?

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

3. In what way, according to Willy, does a man have to "add up to something" when he leaves this world?

4. Is Charley's summation of Willy and his life as a salesman an accurate one?

5. How is it again made evident that Willy Loman "had the wrong dreams"?

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

7. 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."?

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

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

10. Account for Willy's anger towards Biff.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Willy Loman's philosophy of life? In what ways is this significant in his relationships and his fate?

Essay Topic 2

"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.

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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