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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. How long ago did Chris return from the war?

2. Why does Jim have to leave Joe Keller's yard at the beginning of the first act?

3. What does Joe Keller promise at the end of the act?

4. What instrument does Kate Keller want Sue Bayliss to take up?

5. What was Larry doing in the dream Kate had?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Chris's plan now that he knows the truth about his family?

3. How does George describe his father?

4. Explain the significance of the title of the play as a thematic element?

5. Why does Kate have to go into the house?

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

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

8. What news does Frank Lubey bring to the Keller house?

9. What is the thrust of Chris's final argument to his father?

10. What was Kate Keller's advice to George regarding Lydia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arthur Miller is known for his assertion that the everyday carries with it the seeds of drama. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the first act of All My Sons. Write an essay examining the small talk of this act and the revelations about the neighbors that come later, citing three specific examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) Why do you think that Ann is so willing to defy Kate Keller and her brother, George, in order to marry Chris? Why does she have such faith in him? Cite three examples from the text to corroborate your thesis.

2.) What is George Deever's super-objective? What does he ultimately want to accomplish? Write en essay, citing three examples of individual scene objectives and explaining how they will help accomplish his super-objective.

3.) Do you think that Kate Keller truly believes that Larry is alive? Has she ever allowed doubt to enter her life? Cite conversations she has with Ann, Chris, and Joe to corroborate your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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