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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 Keller promise at the end of the act?

2. With whom does Jim say he wants to play golf?

3. Whose son constantly takes people's temperatures?

4. What is the only part of the paper that Joe Keller reads?

5. What does Chris think that he and Joe should tell Kate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

3. How do Joe and Chris view the world differently?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Joe Keller.

9. Describe the story that Jim tells about the year he left his family.

10. What does Bert report to Joe Keller in Act 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Characters in All My Sons make frequent reference to the supernatural in the play, as if there were an otherworldly hand guiding their daily actions. Write an essay in the following three parts:

Part 1) Examine how the destruction of Larry's tree - and the dream that surrounds its destruction - affects Kate Keller's world. What significance does she assign to it?

Part 2) What is Frank Lubey's world view, and how is it the result of the life he has lived to this point in his life?

Part 3) What does Jim Bayliss have to say about the nature of fate and the stars in the third act? How is it a refutation of the ideas of both Frank Lubey and Kate Keller?

Essay Topic 2

The tragedy of Joe Keller's life is driven by his realization that the world does not end with his family. His only impetus to do right is to do right by his wife and sons. Write about this topic in three parts:

Part 1) Joe Keller and his son Chris have two conversations about Chris' plans for the future. Chris is disillusioned by the individualism of America after the war. What does Joe want from his son, more than anything? How do his wishes reflect a lack of understanding of his son's world view?

Part 2) Joe Keller successfully lies to himself for three and a half years regarding his complicity in the deaths of 21 pilots. How does his attitude toward his family and the rest of the world make this an easy delusion for him?

Part 3) How does Larry's letter shatter Joe Keller's world view? What does Joe realize about his duty to the world at large that brings him to kill himself?

Essay Topic 3

Kate Keller is the most stalwart advocate of the deluded system that is the Keller household. This results in a growing paranoia in her character throughout the play. Write an essay on the growing desperation that Kate experiences throughout the play, citing three specific examples in the text.

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