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. How long does Biff wait to see Bill Oliver?

2. How much money is involved?

3. Biff wants Willy to ____________.

4. Who mentions that the cemetery gates will soon be closing?

5. What size stockings does the woman demand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is wrong with Happy's assertion that "the only dream you can have [is] to come out number one man."?

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

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

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

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

8. 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."?

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

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

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

"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 3

"Linda: 'It sounds so old-fashioned and silly, but I tell you he put his whole life into you and you've turned your backs on him.'"

Account for Biff's and Happy's treatment of their father, making close reference to the text.

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