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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 "job" has Joe Keller given Bert?

2. How does Ann describe Chris' attitude since she arrived?

3. What item can Lydia not figure out when she enters in Act 1?

4. Whose horoscope is Frank Lubey making at the beginning of the play?

5. Who asked Ann Deever to visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Frank Lubey drawing up a horoscope?

2. Why is Ann upset with Chris after her conversation with Sue?

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

4. For what crime is Ann's father in prison?

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

6. Why does Joe take his own life?

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

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

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

10. Why does Kate have to believe that Larry is still alive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Steve Deever and Joe Keller. The two are often compared and analyzed by Joe and others. Which is the more dominant in the relationship and how does each's attitude toward the other affect the plot?

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

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?

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