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Teaching Death of a Salesman with Castle Learning

October 3, 2019

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Jeff Hersh

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Arthur Miller’s play, “Death of a Salesman,” was first released in 1949 and continues to be studied and performed regularly. The play challenges the concept of the “American Dream” as it follows an aging salesman who has not found the promise of success in his life as he expected. 

 

The play delves into the themes of expectations vs. reality, including life expectations and the expectations put onto others. In this case, Willy Loman’s expectations for his son Biff Loman illustrate how the pursuit of success can go too far and cost someone their family and relationships. The universal themes contained within “Death of a Salesman” make it accessible to students today.  

 

Castle Learning gives access to 170 questions about “Death of a Salesman.” Teachers will find a combination of question types available to assess comprehension, including multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and constructed/extended response.

 

Questions are broken down into sections by acts:

  • Act I
  • Act II
  • Requiem
  • End of Drama
  • “Death of a Salesman” and “All My Sons” Comparison Questions

Teachers can use the content in many ways. They can even input their own questions, allowing complete control over how they guide students to explore and create meaning from the text. Visit www.castlelearning.com today to find out how to start using literary sets like this one in your classroom. 

 

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