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 instrument does Kate Keller want Sue Bayliss to take up?

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

3. At what time did Chris see his mother standing in the yard?

4. To what does Chris compare Larry when he implored Kate to forget him in Act 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Joe blame Kate for his scandal?

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

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

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

7. How does Joe defend himself to Chris regarding the money he made?

8. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

9. What is Steve Deever's side of the cylinder head story?

10. What story does Kate tell to demonstrate her intuitive connection with Larry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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