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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. Where did Jim Bayliss refuse to drive Sue because of the heat?
2. Who arrived in town yesterday to stay with the Kellers?
3. According to Chris in his monologue, what should have been born out of all the death in the war?
4. What part of Ann's body does Kate think has gotten bigger?
5. Chris tells a story about the unit he commanded in the war. A young soldier gives him something. What is it?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does George describe his father?
2. What is Chris's plan now that he knows the truth about his family?
3. What plans does Joe Keller make for the evening?
4. What does Ann believe about Larry's fate?
5. How does Chris describe the girl that Kate wants to set George up with?
6. What is Joe's reasoning that Larry was not one of the pilots killed because of his factory's mistake?
7. What order does Kate Keller give her son and husband?
8. Why is Joe asleep at the beginning of Act 2?
9. Explain the significance of the title of the play as a thematic element?
10. Describe Joe Keller.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following to write an essay:
1.) Why do you think that Ann is so willing to defy Kate Keller and her brother, George, in order to marry Chris? Why does she have such faith in him? Cite three examples from the text to corroborate your thesis.
2.) What is George Deever's super-objective? What does he ultimately want to accomplish? Write en essay, citing three examples of individual scene objectives and explaining how they will help accomplish his super-objective.
3.) Do you think that Kate Keller truly believes that Larry is alive? Has she ever allowed doubt to enter her life? Cite conversations she has with Ann, Chris, and Joe to corroborate your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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