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 does Joe want to offer George?

2. What does Kate Keller bring out in a pitcher at the beginning of Act 2?

3. What does the block need more of, according to Jim?

4. Which two words does Joe confuse when talking to Ann and Chris about George?

5. According to Chris in his monologue, what should have been born out of all the death in the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Joe and Kate Keller's concern about George Deever coming to their house?

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

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

10. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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