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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 part of Ann's body does Kate think has gotten bigger?
2. Why does Jim have to leave Joe Keller's yard at the beginning of the first act?
3. On what day is Larry Keller supposed to have died?
4. What are Ann and Chris doing when Joe Keller comes out of the house?
5. Whose son constantly takes people's temperatures?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Joe take his own life?
2. Describe Joe Keller.
3. What does Ann believe about Larry's fate?
4. Why is Kate unwilling to acknowledge Larry's death, according to Joe?
5. What is the significance of the fallen tree in the Kellers' yard?
6. How did Larry die, according to his letter?
7. What is Joe's reasoning that Larry was not one of the pilots killed because of his factory's mistake?
8. What is the thrust of Chris's final argument to his father?
9. Why does Joe only read the want ads in the paper?
10. What is Chris's plan now that he knows the truth about his family?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Miller's play is wonderfully layered in the sense that it contains many smaller characters with developed and nuanced attitudes toward man's duty towards his fellow man. Their ideas about their place in the world are complex and passionate. Write an essay in three parts regarding three of these characters and how his day-to-day life bolsters and challenges his beliefs:
Part 1) Frank Lubey
Part 2) Jim Bayliss
Part 3) George Deever
Essay Topic 2
Ann Deever is a surrogate in many respects for the audience in the play. She is familiar with the Keller family but not with the web of delusion and lies that has held their household together since the factory scandal and Larry's death. Write an essay about Ann's relationship with several characters and how it reflects the audience's reaction to the Keller family.
Part 1) Ann is in love with Chris Keller for his idealism and yearning for a life that stands for more than making money. She fears that his presence in a house with his parents is driving him to despair. How does her love for Chris reflect our attitude towards him? How does their relationship reflect our relationship to Miller's message?
Part 2) From her arrival at the house, Ann is in conflict with Kate Keller about Larry. How does this conflict amplify the truly destructive delusion that tears the Kellers apart daily?
Part 3) Examine Ann's ambivalent relationship with Joe. How does her affection that changes to pitied revulsion change our attitude toward Joe as a character?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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