Death of a Salesman: Themes & Symbols


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Which of the following items does NOT serve as a symbol in Death of a Salesman?

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1. What is a theme in literature?

2. What effect does Willy's betrayal of his wife have on his family in Death of a Salesman?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Death of a Salesman is an important and complex play, and this printable worksheet and interactive quiz will help you check your understanding of it. These guides will look at literary elements of the play as well as actions and feelings of the play's characters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Practice questions in this assessment will test you on:

  • Definition of theme in literature
  • Symbolism in the play
  • Willy Loman's guilt
  • Comparisons between objects in the play
  • Effects of Willy's betrayal

Skills Practiced

Throughout this work students will showcase their ability in:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Willy Loman's feelings in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Death of a Salesman
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of symbols in literature to answer practice questions
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Willy's actions and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic by taking a look at the related lesson, named Death of a Salesman: Themes & Symbols. Some objectives of this lesson include:

  • Identify a number of symbols throughout the play
  • Understand the dominant theme of the play
  • Explain the importance of Willy Loman's actions
  • Understand how the role of Willy's brother, Ben, affects the play