All My Sons Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Joe Keller promise at the end of the act?

2. With whom does Jim say he wants to play golf?

3. Whose son constantly takes people's temperatures?

4. What is the only part of the paper that Joe Keller reads?

5. What does Chris think that he and Joe should tell Kate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does George believe that Chris already knows Joe is guilty?

2. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

3. How do Joe and Chris view the world differently?

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

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

6. What does Kate warn Ann of, regarding Chris?

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

8. Describe Joe Keller.

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

10. What does Bert report to Joe Keller in Act 1?

Essay 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 idea of money as a corrupting influence is a central theme in All My Sons. The attitude of certain characters in the play toward the world is often perverted by their attitude toward money. Write an essay on the following topics:

Part 1) How does Joe Keller's understanding of the human race become corrupted by his desire to make money? Why does he place the pursuit of wealth in such esteem?

Part 2) Compare Ann Deever's response to Chris Keller's promise to make her a fortune to Joe Keller's understanding with his wife. How do they reflect different world views?

Part 3) How does Jim and Sue Bayliss' marriage mirror the relationship between Chris and Joe Keller in regard to their conflict toward the value of money?

Essay Topic 3

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

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