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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 sarcastic expression does Sue use to refer to the Kellers?
2. What was Chris' nickname in the war?
3. Ann tells Chris that doing what upsets her stomach?
4. What "job" has Joe Keller given Bert?
5. On what day is Larry Keller supposed to have died?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does George believe that Chris already knows Joe is guilty?
2. What was Kate Keller's advice to George regarding Lydia?
3. Why is Joe asleep at the beginning of Act 2?
4. What does George suggest at the end of the scene to prove his story?
5. In this section of Act 1, what deal do Joe and Chris strike regarding Chris's staying with the family business?
6. Why does Kate have to believe that Larry is still alive?
7. How does Kate recommend Joe make amends to Chris?
8. Why is Ann upset with Chris after her conversation with Sue?
9. What is Kate's concern about Ann?
10. Why is Kate unwilling to acknowledge Larry's death, according to Joe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the Keller family's place in the community at the beginning of the play. How do they believe they are perceived by the neighborhood and how are they perceived in reality? How do they maintain their supposed status? Cite specific moments in the play to corroborate your answer.
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
Arthur Miller is known for his assertion that the everyday carries with it the seeds of drama. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the first act of All My Sons. Write an essay examining the small talk of this act and the revelations about the neighbors that come later, citing three specific examples of each.
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