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. According to Sue, a person can never owe someone money without what?

2. Where does Kate Keller have a pain in Act 1?

3. What order does Kate Keller repeatedly give Joe Keller at the end of the act?

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

5. Why does Joe go back into the house at the end of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Larry die, according to his letter?

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

3. Why is Kate unwilling to acknowledge Larry's death, according to Joe?

4. Why does Joe only read the want ads in the paper?

5. What does Ann tell George about her leaving the Kellers?

6. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.

7. Describe Joe Keller.

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

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

10. How does Chris describe the girl that Kate wants to set George up with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chris Keller is presented throughout the play as a mingling of strength and weakness. Write an essay on the topic of what hardships Chris can withstand and what seemingly small issues cripple him and drive him to tears. Why is Chris this way?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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