Death of a Salesman Questions and Answers
What does Willy mean when he says "You can't eat the orange, and throw the peel away—a man is not a piece of fruit" to Howard in Death of a Salesman?
What do the seeds symbolize in the Death of a Salesman? What is important about him planting them when he does? Why does Willy grow them and always aspire to?
in Death of a Salesman, Biff says that Willy "had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong." Was Biff's assessment right?
In Death of a Salesman, Happy says several times, "I'm losing weight, you notice, Pop?" Which American myth is he bringing up here?
In Death of a Salesman, what is meant by Willy when he says "the woods are burning"? Also when he says to Charley, "I got nothin' to give him, Charley, I'm clean, I'm clean"?
What is Linda's reaction to Willy's complaints about himself? What reason does Willy give that he can't work in New York?In the first scene with Linda, Willy contradicts himself twice; about what does he contradict himself? What seems to be the problem between Biff and Willy?
What does Charley mean when he says the following to Willy? "Who liked J. P. Morgan? Was he impressive? In a Turkish bath he'd look like a butcher. But with his pockets on he was very well liked."
What does Willy's reaction to Biff's theft of the football tell us about Willy? He says the boys look like Adonises. What other clues show that Willy believes in appearances?
In Death of a Salesman, what is the twenty-thousand dollar proposition Willy discusses with Ben? How does Willy envision his funeral?
In Death of a Salesman, how does the relationship between Charley and Bernard create a contrast to Willy and Biff's relationship?
Discuss the role of Charley and Bernard in relation to their influence in the Loman family in Death of a Salesman.
What is the meaning of the quotation "he's only a little boat looking for a harbor" from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller?
In Death of a Salesman, how do Charley and Ben's attitudes differ in regard to the Loman boys' stealing? Who is being realistic?
What is the relationship between Biff and Happy? What have they done with their lives, and how is it a reflection of their upbringing?
In Death of a Salesman, what is the meaning of the quote: "The world is an oyster, but you don't crack it open on a mattress!"
What is Biff’s internal conflict in Death of a Salesman? How does he resolve it? And how does it explain his epiphany?
Willy praises and the curses the chevrolet, and he tells Linda that he's very welll liked. what do these inconsistencies tell us about Willy?
Where is the "boxed in" motif in Death of a Salesman? How is this theme important throughout the play?
In Death of a Salesman, what is the interplay between time and opportunity when an individual seeks to create a meaningful life? What are the causes and effects of this? Provide one idea with three examples and supporting quotes.
What evidence can we find to show that Willy may have chosen a profession that is at odds with his natural inclination?
Describe the dramatic effect when Howard listens to the voices of his family while Willy tries to talk business in Death of a Salesman.
What does "temporary" mean, and how does it apply to Willy? He says to Ben, "Dad left when I was such a baby ... and I still feel--kind of temporary about myself."
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