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 caution does Ben offer?

2. How does Linda react to Charley's words at the beginning of the scene?

3. What does Linda try to prevent Biff from doing?

4. What implement is Willy using?

5. What makes Willy feel broken and desperate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way is Willy's life echoed in Biff's account of his attempt to see Bill Oliver?

3. Did Willy Loman die in vain?

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

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

6. Account for Willy's anger towards Biff.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature and importance of friendship, making close reference to relationships in Death of a Salesman. Make sure to analyze the relationships between Willy and his sons, the sons and each other, and Willy and Linda.

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

Comment on the staging of the "internal scenes" in Death of a Salesman. How effective do you think these are? How important are they in the creation of drama? Are they necessary to understanding the characters? Why or why not?

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