Inquiry-based learning helps students connect with a text before they read; this leads to greater understanding and connectedness once they begin. I find that doing inquiry-based questions help students get excited about a text. When that happens, they are more likely to pay attention and more likely to find the text enriching. What is richer than Arthur Miller?
I usually assign small groups to discuss these, but you could offer them as pre-reading essay choices as well. They're open to interpretation and opinion, so there are no right or wrong answers. This also helps reluctant students feel more competent. My own students love doing this activity. Teenagers love to share their opinions!
See the preview for a sample question. There are 7 total discussion questions. Some questions pertain to Arthur Miller's own thoughts about playwriting, and others are about the American Dream, father-son relationships, and certain quotes from the play.