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death of a salesman test review
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what city does willy loman live in?
what surrounds willy's house?
what way has miller used transparent walls to indicate when characters are in the past rather than in the present?
when actions occur in the past, characters enter or exit through the walls
what is willy's job?
from where has willy returned early? why?
sales trip to new england; almost had a car accident
does willy have confidence in his ability to do his job?
who has come to visit willy and linda?
whom does willy criticize and why?
biff; he doesn't have a successful career
why does willy stop his criticizing?
he thinks of the past when biff was a popular kid in high school and how he had everything going for him
who begins to listen to willy and linda's conversation before willy goes to make himself a sandwich?
biff and hap
how old are biff and hap during their conversation in the bedroom, and does it take place in the present or the past?
biff-34 and hap-32; present
what was biff's latest job and what kind of job/career could he not bear?
worked on a farm in texas; salesman
why doesn't hap except biff's invitation to go west and start a farm?
he wants to show people over there that he can make the grade
in what kind of unethical behavior ha hap engaged?
slept with fiances/girlfriends of his bosses and has accepted bribes
what plan does biff tell hap about as they fall back asleep and why is biff nervous about the plan?
biff intends to see bill oliver for a loan; he is nervous because he stole from oliver before
how does the audience know that a flashback occurs?
the surrounding apartment buildings disappear, there are green leaves, and cheerful music
is willy bashful or shy about his ability as a salesman?
neither, he tells his sons he is a successful salesman
how are biff and hap different from bernard?
they are athletic and he is book smart
according to willy, what makes someone successful?
how might the flashback affect what you think of the biff and hap in the present?
the audience may feel sorry for the problems they endure in the present
what do we learn about willy's ability as a salesman as this section of the play begins?
he exaggerates; he admits he is not a very successful salesman and becomes discouraged
does willy ever doubt that he is attractive and well liked?
what memory or daydream does willy have immediately after he tells linda, "you're the best there is"
remembers his affair with the woman from boston
what gift does willy not give to linda, even though he does give it o someone else?
stockings for his mistress in boston
why does willy scream at linda and bernard to shut up?
he is angry about betraying linda and gets confused in the situation; he is overwhelmed
do willy and charley play cards in the present or in the past of a flashback?
who is ben and why does willy admire him?
his older brother; he is rich (american dream)
why is the watchman chasing biff?
tried to steal material from a construction site
what does charley offer willy as hey play cards and does willy accept it?
a job; no because he is too proud to admit he is having difficulty
does willy's conversation with ben convince willy that he has been raising his sons correctly?
where does linda lay the blame on willy's disorientated, hallucinatory condition?
partly from biff's failure to write willy
while trying to convince biff that he should stop continually fighting with willy, does linda argue that willy has no faults?
why is it that attention must be paid to willy?
he is a human being and is exhausted
why must willy borrow 50 dollars every week from charley?
he doesn't make enough money and doesn't want to tell linda
according to biff, why did willy originally throw him out of the house many years ago?
willy thinks biff is a fake
what did linda learn about willy from the insurance inspector?
his car accidents were deliberate attempts to injure himself (suicide)
what hidden object has linda recently discovered and why has it caused her to worry?
pipe in the basement; willy can inhale the gas from the heater to kill himself
why does biff intend to ask bill oliver for a loan?
start a line of sporting goods
what does willy think of biff's idea to ask oliver for a loan?
he is thrilled
what does biff remove from behind the gas heater?
in the morning, willy tells linda he will buy something for the backyard. what does he intend to buy and what does miller seem to mean by this purchase?
seeds to plant a garden; willy's renewed hope
as he leaves the house, what doe willy plan to ask howard?
to have a job at the office close to home, so he doesn't have to travel
what message does linda replay to willy from biff and hap?
to meet biff and hap at a restaurant at 6 so they can buy him dinner and celebrate
why do linda's stockings make willy nervous?
reminds him of his affair (betrayed)
what machine does howard show willy and how might howard's comments about this machine make willy uncomfortable?
wire recorder (tape recorder); howard talks about his happy family
does willy receive a non-traveling job or does he continue in his old job as traveling salesman?
neither; he doesn't have a job anymore
who is dave singleman and what significance does he hold to willy?
salesman who willy admired for having been so successful and well liked that he could make sales by phone
what reasons does howard give for not granting willys requests and finally firing him?
there is no openings; he fires him and tells him to take a good long rest
why does willy mention howard's father?
he promised willy a job
where does howard suggest willy look for support?
who does willy meet after howard fires him?
when willy tells his brother that nothing is working out, what opportunity does he offer willy?
chance to work with him in alaska
what does linda think of ben's offer?
doesn't think he should take it
what two things does linda mention to persuade willy of her opinion about his current job?
old man wagner may get willy to be a member at the farm and dave singleman's success as a salesman
does willy accept bens offer?
when willy asks one last time if ben approves of his ideas about business and the way he has raised his son, how does ben respond?
he doesn't approve or disapprove
why is it an important day for biff?
he will play in the all-scholastic championship of new york
does charley expect willy to accept his invitation to play cards?
why does willy challenge charley to fight?
he becomes angry with charley for joking around about biffs football game
what comment does this scene as a whole make about willy's mood after being fired by howard?
daydream happier times in willy's life
how has bernard changed from when he was a boy?
what is bernards job and what will he do in washington dc?
why did biff not graduate from high school?
he failed math, didn't do the summer course because of willy
what big question does bernard ask willy? how does willy respond?
what happened in boston?; willy freaks out
according to charley, why doesn't bernard mention the reason for his trip to washington dc?
doesn't talk he just takes action
why does willy ask charley to borrow more than the usual 50 dollars?
needs to pay his insurance
other than a loan of money, what does charley offer willy? does willy accept?
a job; willy says he can't work for him (jealous)
does willy conceal from charley the fact that howard fired him?
at first yes, but then he tells him
what does charley say about willy's belief that success would come if a man was impressive and well liked?
he tries to tell willy it isn't all about being well liked
what might willy mean when he says you end up worth more dead than alive?
if he dies, the insurance policy will pay his fault more money that he could earn for them while still alive
what lies does hap tell and why?
he tells stanley that biff is a big cattleman and he tells miss forsythe that he sells champagne
did bill oliver give biff the loan? oes biff tell hap that he got the loan or not?
no, he tells him what happened
what particular memory causes biff to exclaim, i realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been?
he was only a shipping clerk for bill oliver and never a salesman
what did biff steal from olivers office, why?
fountain pen, he just wanted to take something
what does willy want to tell linda?
what are three flashbacks, memories, or hallucinations that willy experiences while talking to biff and hap?
biff got flunked in math, his mistress, woman laughing
what story do biff and hap concoct when willy's behavior becomes increasingly confusing and frightening?
tells him biff has a lunch with oliver tomorrow
why does biff tell willy, i'm no good can't you see what i am?
he wants to end the conflict between himself and his father
why does willy excuse himself from the table to go to the bathroom?
he hears his mistress' voice
do biff, hap, and willy leave the restaurant together?
who is the woman?
approximately what age is biff when he visits willy in boston?
senior in high school, 17/18
what event causes biff to come to boston to see willy?
he flunked math and won't be able to graduate
what favor does biff ask willy to do?
convince his math teacher to pass him
what gift does the woman insist that willy give her before she will leave his room?
how does willy initially explain the presence of the woman in the room?
buyer who needed to take a shower
what is biff's reaction to finding the woman in his father's room? what does he yell at willy as he leaves the room?
he cries on the floor and tells him not to touch him/liar and fake
why is linda angry with biff and hap when they return to the house?
they abandoned willy in the restaurant
what does lind order biff and hap to do? how does biff respond?
leave the house and never come back; biff tried to deny linda, but then felt guilty
where is willy at the end of this section? what is he doing?
in the yard, planting a garden in the middle of the night
what is willy's proposition?
plan to kill himself in order to leave linda and biff with $20,000 of insurance money
what effect does willy think his death will have on linda and biff?
benefit rather than hurt them
will the insurance company pay if it determines that willy's death is a suicide rather than an accident?
what is biff's solution to ending the conflict between him and his father?
simply say good-bye and leave forever
what object does biff show willy?
has biff spited willy?
he says that spite has nothing to do with his frustration at willy
does ben approve of willy's proposition?
after first no, but then he does
what effect does willy anticipate his death having on the continuing competition be imagines between bernard and biff?
the insurance money will put biff ahead of bernard again
by the end o the scene, is willy still angry with biff?
how does willy kill himself? what does the audience see or hear that reveals willy's death?
-by purposely crashing his car
-car crash sounds/slow music
do many people attend willy's funeral?
what is hap's mood? what does he plan to do?
very angry, stay in NY to work to see willys dreams come true
according to charley, to what should we attribute willy's frustration and death?
his lack of success as a salesman caused willys frustration and suicide
where does biff think willy actually put his greatest feeling into his job as a salesman or elsewhere?
why put more feelings into carpentry and have repair than he put into sales
according to biff, why did willy live a life of misplaced hope, a life that ended in suicide?
willy didn't know who he was
will biff stay in new york and pursue the career willy hoped he would?
has willy's family received $20,000 that willy thought the insurance company would pay them upon his death?
there is no indication
why does linda find it hard to understand why willy killed himself?
she thought their lies were improving before his suicide
what words does linda repeat as the play ends?
we're free and clear
what music lingers as the play ends? what becomes more prominent visually at the same time?
flute music=willys flashbacks
who is the author?
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