Death of a Salesman Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In his outburst, what does Biff call Willy?

3. What caution does Ben offer?

4. What is the reason Biff gives Willy for Birnbaum's dislike of him?

5. To what "cowardly thing" does Ben refer?

Essay 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

"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

"Willy Loman's life is a complete waste, as is his death." Explain and discuss the significance of this comment, referring closely to the play.

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