SHORT ANSWER STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS - Death of a Salesman
1. Who is Willy Loman?
Willy Loman is a travelling salesman. He has a wife and two sons. He talks to himself a lot. He is almost retired, but he has not been very successful. He seems short-tempered and out of his mind a little. 2. Identify Linda.
Linda is Willy’s wife. She is a wonderful wife and mother. She is always upbeat, supportive and positive. We only know Linda in contrast to Willy. 3. What happened to Willy after he got a little above Yonkers? Willy wasn’t paying attention while he was driving and almost hit a kid. 4. What is Linda's reaction to Willy's complaints about himself?
Linda is patient and encouraging. She tries to
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. . . You've got two great boys, haven't you?" What is sadly ironic about this statement? 6. Why didn't Willy go with Ben years ago when Ben offered him a job? 7. Ben says. "What are you building? Lay your hands on it. Where is it?" What is the point of this line? 8. Where does Willy go after his conversation with Howard? 9. What does Willy ask Bernard? 10. What was Bernard's reply? 11. Why can't Willy work for Charley? 12. Biff says, ". . . I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been." What does he mean? 13. What was the result of Biff's meeting with Bill Oliver? 14. What does Happy want Biff to tell Willy? 15. Willy says, ". . . the woods are burning, boys. Can't you understand? There's a big blaze going on all around." What does that mean? 16. What does Willy do while Biff is trying to explain the facts of his meeting with Bill Oliver? 17. What did Biff take from Bill Oliver? 18. Identify Miss Forsythe and Letta. 19. Where does Willy go? 20. What is Biff's opinion of his father now, when he tells it to Miss Forsythe? 21. Why can't Biff help Willy? 22. Happy denies that Willy is his father. Why? 23. What happened in Boston? What do we finally find out is the problem, the secret between Willy and Biff? 24. Why did Biff go to Boston in the first place? 25. Where does Willy go after he realizes that the boys have left him at the restaurant? 26. Why does Linda knock the flowers to the floor? 27. Willy