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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 section of the paper is Chris always reading?

2. Why is Lydia coming over to the Kellers' house?

3. Why does Jim have to leave Joe Keller's yard at the beginning of the first act?

4. What does the block need more of, according to Jim?

5. What object is Frank Lubey carrying when he talks to Ann in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What request does Sue Bayliss make of Ann and why?

2. What is Joe's reasoning that Larry was not one of the pilots killed because of his factory's mistake?

3. How does Joe blame Kate for his scandal?

4. How does Ann break Kate's resolve that Larry is alive?

5. What promise does Chris make Ann after proposing, and how does this promise relate to his omnipresent guilt?

6. Why did Frank Lubey not go to war?

7. What story does Kate tell to demonstrate her intuitive connection with Larry?

8. Describe the story that Jim tells about the year he left his family.

9. What is the significance of the fallen tree in the Kellers' yard?

10. What does George Deever tell Ann when he arrives at the Kellers'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters in All My Sons make frequent reference to the supernatural in the play, as if there were an otherworldly hand guiding their daily actions. Write an essay in the following three parts:

Part 1) Examine how the destruction of Larry's tree - and the dream that surrounds its destruction - affects Kate Keller's world. What significance does she assign to it?

Part 2) What is Frank Lubey's world view, and how is it the result of the life he has lived to this point in his life?

Part 3) What does Jim Bayliss have to say about the nature of fate and the stars in the third act? How is it a refutation of the ideas of both Frank Lubey and Kate Keller?

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