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 section of the paper is Chris always reading?

2. What mechanical part did Joe Keller and Steve Deever's factory make?

3. What French expression does Chris use to refer to Joe in Act 2?

4. How many times has Annie been married?

5. Which of the following is not something that Chris groups in with the "loot" he took from the war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What plans does Joe Keller make for the evening?

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

4. What does George Deever tell Ann when he arrives at the Kellers'?

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

6. What is Chris's plan now that he knows the truth about his family?

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

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

9. What news does Frank Lubey bring to the Keller house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Joe Keller kill himself? Write an essay on this topic, citing three specific realizations that Joe has in the last act of the play, leading to his going into the house to kill himself.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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