All My Sons Test | 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 belonging of Larry's has Kate recently found?

2. What does Joe Keller hand out to children in the neighborhood?

3. Why could Larry not have been killed by a faulty part from Joe Keller's factory?

4. Joe Keller says a doctor could make a million dollars if he could bring a boy into the world without what body part?

5. What does Kate Keller still do regularly in preparation for Larry's return?

Short Essay Questions

1. What order does Kate Keller give her son and husband?

2. Describe the dream that Kate had the night before the play begins.

3. In this section of Act 1, what deal do Joe and Chris strike regarding Chris's staying with the family business?

4. Why is Joe asleep at the beginning of Act 2?

5. Explain the significance of the title of the play as a thematic element?

6. How does Joe blame Kate for his scandal?

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

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

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

10. What is Steve Deever's side of the cylinder head story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chris Keller is a surrogate for Arthur Miller in this play, since his idealism and world view reflect the message of Miller's play. His debates with Joe are Miller's debates with the world. Write an essay on the topic of Chris as a surrogate for the playwright, citing three messages Miller intends to get across and how Chris projects them.

Essay Topic 2

Miller's play is wonderfully layered in the sense that it contains many smaller characters with developed and nuanced attitudes toward man's duty towards his fellow man. Their ideas about their place in the world are complex and passionate. Write an essay in three parts regarding three of these characters and how his day-to-day life bolsters and challenges his beliefs:

Part 1) Frank Lubey

Part 2) Jim Bayliss

Part 3) George Deever

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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