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

2. What makes Willy feel broken and desperate?

3. How does Biff convey his strong reluctance to see Bill Oliver?

4. Where does Stanley suggest Willy buy seeds?

5. What was the problem with Willy's dreams?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What cautions does Ben advise concerning Willy's plan to commit suicide?

9. Explain Happy's refusal to go with Biff and make a life for themselves in the country.

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 that there is no hope for the 'low man.'"Do you agree? Refer closely to the play. What does this play say about the American Dream?

Essay Topic 2

"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.

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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