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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 Kate, what does Joe Keller do when he is worried?

2. Which of the following is not a military rank listed among Joe Keller's factory staff?

3. Why is Lydia coming over to the Kellers' house?

4. Who arrived in town yesterday to stay with the Kellers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What statement destroys the good will building between George and Joe?

9. Why does Joe lash out at Ann?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) Why do you think that Ann is so willing to defy Kate Keller and her brother, George, in order to marry Chris? Why does she have such faith in him? Cite three examples from the text to corroborate your thesis.

2.) What is George Deever's super-objective? What does he ultimately want to accomplish? Write en essay, citing three examples of individual scene objectives and explaining how they will help accomplish his super-objective.

3.) Do you think that Kate Keller truly believes that Larry is alive? Has she ever allowed doubt to enter her life? Cite conversations she has with Ann, Chris, and Joe to corroborate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to write an essay about:

1.) What does fighting in the war teach Chris Keller about the world? How is this lesson destroyed by what he experiences when he returns to the States, and why does he feel guilty as a result? What is Miller saying about the perversion of values in America?

2.) Compare Joe Keller's assessment of the war-producers in the United States in Act 3 to Chris Keller's description of the men he fought with in the war. How do these descriptions reflect opposing values systems.

3.) Compare Kate Keller and Ann Deever's situations following the war. How are they both held prisoners by the war?

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