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 Charley say causes an earthquake?

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

3. According to Linda, what extra expense had Willy also paid?

4. Ben refers to ____________ when he says: 'It's dark there, but full of diamonds."

5. What does Willy find joy in recalling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Willy's final fantasy?

2. What is the significance of Happy's gift of flowers?

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

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

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

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

7. Account for Willy's anger towards Biff.

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

9. 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."?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Death of a Salesman shows us, in a moving way, how disastrous it is if people lack the ability or to accept change in themselves and in the social and economic world." Discuss this statement, making close reference to the play.

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

"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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