Lit Trivia — Round 1

March 21, 2009

questionmark I thought it would be fun to pose a few trivia questions on this site every now and again. This isn’t a contest or anything; it’s just for personal edification.

For my first question here, I’m going to call upon a play that we’ve all likely had to read either in junior high or high school. Can you remember back that far? Anyway, here goes:

In the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman, what does the eponymous character Willy Loman actually sell?

A) car insurance
B) women’s hosiery
C) vacuum cleaners
D) knives
E) Miller never specifically tells us

The answer: While you might be tempted to choose B, the correct answer is E. We are never told precisely what it is that Willie Loman sells.

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