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Free Barron's Booknotes-Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller-Free Book Notes
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_____ 1. Biff refers to himself as a "bum"

A. and his father agrees tearfully
B. but his father still thinks of him as "magnificent"
C. and Willy says, "You're a bum in spades!"

_____ 2. Happy could best be described as

A. upwardly mobile
B. hedonistic
C. family oriented

_____ 3. Linda called her sons

I. "the scum of the earth"
II. "you pseudo-intellectuals"
III. "a pair of animals"

A. I and II only
B. I and III only
C. II and III only

_____ 4. In Willy's mind the insurance money would go

A. to help Biff become a success
B. to pay off all of their debts
C. to repay Linda for all the pain he had caused her

_____ 5. In the big showdown near the play's end, Biff protests that

A. none of the Loman men ever told the truth
B. his father's meddling caused him to fail in business
C. he never had a fair chance to make it in life

_____ 6. One of the ironies attached to Willy's suicide is that

A. the play implies that the insurance company did not honor the policy
B. their mortgage had finally been paid off
C. he claimed to be a good driver

_____ 7. Willy would have been disappointed with

A. Linda's tribute at the graveside
B. Biff's plans for spending the $20,000
C. the poor attendance at his funeral

_____ 8. In Charley's requiem for Willy, he said,

A. "A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory"
B. "Nobody's worth nothin' dead"
C. "He had his damn priorities all mixed up"

_____ 9. When Willy says, "They'll come from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire! All the old timers with the strange license plates," he is talking about

A. the New England customers for Biff's sporting goods
B. his own funeral
C. his imaginary induction into the Salesmen's Hall of Fame

_____ 10. What has Biff been doing out West?

A. setting up a sporting goods store
B. working at seasonal outdoor jobs
C. playing pro football

11. Linda is the only major female character in the play. Discuss her influence on Willy.

12. How do Ben and Charley, both of whom have been "successful," represent opposite extremes for Willy?

13. The relationships between fathers and sons are important in this play. Contrast Willy's relationship with his father, Willy's with Biff and Happy, and Charley's with Bernard.

14. Analyze the degree of self-understanding Willy achieves before he kills himself.

15. Discuss how the Requiem affects our view of the whole play.

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