Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Joe Keller promise at the end of the act?
2. With whom does Jim say he wants to play golf?
3. Whose son constantly takes people's temperatures?
4. What is the only part of the paper that Joe Keller reads?
5. What does Chris think that he and Joe should tell Kate?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does George believe that Chris already knows Joe is guilty?
2. What is Kate's concern about Ann?
3. How do Joe and Chris view the world differently?
4. In this section of Act 1, what deal do Joe and Chris strike regarding Chris's staying with the family business?
5. What story does Kate tell to demonstrate her intuitive connection with Larry?
6. What does Kate warn Ann of, regarding Chris?
7. What is the significance of the fallen tree in the Kellers' yard?
8. Describe Joe Keller.
9. Describe the story that Jim tells about the year he left his family.
10. What does Bert report to Joe Keller in Act 1?
Essay Topic 1
Joe Keller is a tragic figure because he wants to achieve one thing and succeeds in achieving its opposite. Write an essay on this topic, examining his intentions and what they ultimately yield. Cite specific examples from the text to corroborate your points. Is failing to get what you want always a tragic thing?
Essay Topic 2
Ann Deever is a surrogate in many respects for the audience in the play. She is familiar with the Keller family but not with the web of delusion and lies that has held their household together since the factory scandal and Larry's death. Write an essay about Ann's relationship with several characters and how it reflects the audience's reaction to the Keller family.
Part 1) Ann is in love with Chris Keller for his idealism and yearning for a life that stands for more than making money. She fears that his presence in a house with his parents is driving him to despair. How does her love for Chris reflect our attitude towards him? How does their relationship reflect our relationship to Miller's message?
Part 2) From her arrival at the house, Ann is in conflict with Kate Keller about Larry. How does this conflict amplify the truly destructive delusion that tears the Kellers apart daily?
Part 3) Examine Ann's ambivalent relationship with Joe. How does her affection that changes to pitied revulsion change our attitude toward Joe as a character?
Essay Topic 3
Kate Keller is the most stalwart advocate of the deluded system that is the Keller household. This results in a growing paranoia in her character throughout the play. Write an essay on the growing desperation that Kate experiences throughout the play, citing three specific examples in the text.
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