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. Why does Kate think that Chris has no right to marry Ann, according to Joe?

2. What did Ann nearly do two years ago?

3. What object is Frank Lubey carrying when he talks to Ann in Act 1?

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

5. Where is George Deever calling from at the end of Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Frank Lubey drawing up a horoscope?

4. What favor does Ann ask of Kate and why?

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

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

7. What request does Sue Bayliss make of Ann and why?

8. What promise does Joe make Chris regarding Ann and why?

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

10. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

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's conception of the war is presented in the play as a great disordering of arrangements. Write an essay on Kate's struggle against this disordering, using Larry's engagement to Ann and George Deever's infatuation with Lydia as a framing device for the essay.

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