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. What does Joe Keller want for dinner?

3. Chris tells a story about the unit he commanded in the war. A young soldier gives him something. What is it?

4. What does Kate say she will do if Larry is dead?

5. What emotion does Joe fear Chris feels regarding his money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joe feel about Ann's visiting the family?

2. Why did Frank Lubey not go to war?

3. What is George's attitude toward the setting?

4. What is Chris doing at the beginning of the act, and how does Kate feel about it?

5. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

6. How does Kate recommend Joe make amends to Chris?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joe Keller is a tragic figure because he wants to achieve one thing and succeeds in achieving its opposite. Write an essay on this topic, examining his intentions and what they ultimately yield. Cite specific examples from the text to corroborate your points. Is failing to get what you want always a tragic thing?

Essay Topic 2

What is Arthur Miller's attitude toward America after the Second World War? Does he believe there is any hope that it can retain its ideals? Use three examples from the text of All My Sons to justify your understanding of Miller's world view?

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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