2 following are ten short excerpts from act 1 of

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2. Following are ten short excerpts from Act 1 of Death of a Salesman Chose and complete five of the ten. In a sentence or two, explain the underlying meaning an active reader (or viewer or listener) can infer from each one—what it reveals about the characters and situation. (2 marks each) .
a. In a conversation with Linda, Willy makes these three statements:
b. When Biff and Happy are talking about Biff's plan to try for a job with a previous employer, this exchange takes place:
B IFF : No, with a ranch I could do the work I like and still be something. I just wonder though. I wonder if Oliver still thinks I stole that carton of basketballs. H APPY : Oh, he probably forgot that long ago. It's almost ten years. You're too sensitive. Anyway, he didn't really fire you. B IFF : Well, I think he was going to. 2 c. This conversation takes place between Biff, Willy, and Happy. They're discussing a football that Biff took from school to practise with.
d. When Linda asks Willy if he'd sold much on a recent sales trip, this exchange takes place:
pencil and paper out of her apron pocket . That makes your commission . . . Two hundred—my God! Two hundred and twelve dollars! W ILLY : Well, I didn't figure it yet, but . . . L INDA : How much did you do?
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