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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. Which of the following is not something that Chris groups in with the "loot" he took from the war?
2. Where does Kate Keller have a pain in Act 1?
3. How many times has Annie been married?
4. With whom does Jim say he wants to play golf?
5. Ann tells Chris that doing what upsets her stomach?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Joe think would happen after the faulty cylinder heads went out?
2. Why is Kate unwilling to acknowledge Larry's death, according to Joe?
3. What request does Sue Bayliss make of Ann and why?
4. What does Kate warn Ann of, regarding Chris?
5. What plans does Joe Keller make for the evening?
6. What is Chris's plan now that he knows the truth about his family?
7. Describe the story that Jim tells about the year he left his family.
8. What does Ann tell George about her leaving the Kellers?
9. Why does Joe lash out at Ann?
10. What does Bert report to Joe Keller in Act 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Several objects in the play serve the purpose of reminding present characters of characters that are absent. At times they serve this purpose in a destructive way, stymieing the lives of those they touch and other illuminate the reality of life and free characters to move on. Write a three-part essay on the following objects:
Part 1) Larry's tree
Part 2) The hat George wears
Part 3) Larry's letter to Ann
Essay Topic 3
The tragedy of Joe Keller's life is driven by his realization that the world does not end with his family. His only impetus to do right is to do right by his wife and sons. Write about this topic in three parts:
Part 1) Joe Keller and his son Chris have two conversations about Chris' plans for the future. Chris is disillusioned by the individualism of America after the war. What does Joe want from his son, more than anything? How do his wishes reflect a lack of understanding of his son's world view?
Part 2) Joe Keller successfully lies to himself for three and a half years regarding his complicity in the deaths of 21 pilots. How does his attitude toward his family and the rest of the world make this an easy delusion for him?
Part 3) How does Larry's letter shatter Joe Keller's world view? What does Joe realize about his duty to the world at large that brings him to kill himself?
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