English 11 Final Exam Review

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Characters: Willy, Linda, Happy, and Biff Loman, Ben, Howard, Oliver, Charley

Summary: A play about the Loman family. Willy arrives home exhausted, having traveled for work. Willy talks about his drive, and how he has had close encounters with accidents on the road. Because of this, Linda encourages Willy to ask his boss, Howard, to work closer to home to avoid travelling so far to sell. He and Linda then begin discussing their children, Happy and Biff. Happy and Biff, now living at home, discuss their dreams of borrowing money from Oliver, a previous coworker, and starting their own business. Meanwhile, Willy is downstairs experiencing flashbacks of his son's high school days. Willy also thinks about a woman, who he has cheated on Linda with. The neighbor, Charley, is also introduced when he hears a noise, visits the house, and offers Willy a job. Willy is eventually fired from his selling job. Later on, Willy gets caught up in the idea of planting seeds. Again talking to Ben while planting them, he suggests the idea of killing himself so Biff could get his $20,000 life insurance benefit. Willy and Biff go on to get in a large fight, with Biff demanding Willy to accept that he will never be able to live up to his expectations and accomplish the impossible. Willy unexpectedly speeds off in the car. The sound of the car puts an end to the story, as Linda, Happy, and Biff realize Willy has killed himself. Overall, Willy is portrayed as a tragic hero whose inability to accept reality and release guilt eventually lead to his own destruction.
Characters: Sarty, Abner, Mr. Harris, the Snopes family, Mr. de Spain

Summary: A story from around 1895 that starts out in a country store that doubles as a courthouse. It is centered around a young boy, Sarty. Abner Snopes, his father, is being accused of burning down Mr. Harris's barn. Sarty is called up to testify against his father, knowing he will have to lie and say his father didn't burn the barn. The Judge later tells Mr. Snopes to leave the country and never return. While leaving the courthouse, a kid calls Sarty a "Barn Burner", beating him to the ground. The family spends that night camping before arriving at their new home, a beat up shack, the next day. Since they will now be working as tenant farmers, Abner takes Sarty with him to talk to the owner. In the yard, Abner purposely steps in some horse poop and continues to get it all over the expensive rug inside the owner's home. Later that day, the owner, Mr. de Spain, drops the rug off at Abner's shack to be cleaned and returned. Early the next morning, Abner takes Sarty to return the cleaned rug. Mr. de Spain still claims the rug is not in the same condition as before, so he decides to charge Abner twenty extra bushels of corn in order to pay for it. Later that week, Sarty goes to town. While visiting the store, he sees the court is in session, and that Abner is suing de Spain to reduce the fee of bushels. The judge proclaims Abner responsible for damages to the rug, but reduces the fee to ten bushels. That night after dinner, Abner plans to burn down the de Spain barn. Sarty attempts to stop his father, running to the de Spain house to warn them. However, it is too late, and as Sarty begins running away he looks back to see the red glow of the de Spain barn burning. Sparty runs until he is alone on a hill, claiming he is no longer afraid and is not turning back.
Characters: Emily, Homer, her father, her cousins, Toby (servant), townspeople

Summary: The story begins at a funeral for Miss Emily Grierson, in which the whole town attends. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except her servant. Her house is old, but was once the best house around. The town had a special relationship with Miss Emily ever since it decided to stop forcing her to pay taxes. The new generation of town leadership wasn't happy with this arrangement, so they paid a visit to Miss Emily to get her to pay the debt, although she still refused to pay. Thirty years before, the townspeople heard numerous complaints about a bad odor surrounding Emily's house. The smell got stronger, but instead of confronting Emily about the smell, they sprinkled lime around the house and it eventually disappeared. Then, it is explained that when Emily's father died, everybody felt sorry for her. Not long after her father dies, Emily starts dating Homer Barron, a construction worker in town for a sidewalk project. The town disapproves of the Homer and brings Emily's cousins to the town to break up the relationship. Next, Emily is spotted buying arsenic at the drugstore and leaves the town thinking she will soon kill herself. Then, she buys a bunch of men's items, and now the townspeople think she and Homer are getting married. Emily's hair turns gray and she later dies in a downstairs bedroom. Back at her funeral, Emily is buried, and the townspeople go upstairs to break into the room previously closed off for forty years. In the room they find Homer Barron's rotted corpse in the bed. Next to Homer, the townspeople find a long, gray hair on the indentation of a pillow, indicating she had been laying with his corpse.