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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 is the current name of Joe Keller's business?

2. What does Chris offer to his mother several times in Act 1?

3. Why could Larry not have been killed by a faulty part from Joe Keller's factory?

4. What item is Ann sad to see is missing from her old backyard?

5. How many P-40s are supposed to have crashed as a result of Joe Keller's factory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Kate recommend Joe make amends to Chris?

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

5. For what crime is Ann's father in prison?

6. What order does Kate Keller give her son and husband?

7. Why is Frank Lubey drawing up a horoscope?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Two characters that never actually appear onstage are central drivers of action in All My Sons. Write an essay on the effect that these two characters have on the plot of the play, citing conversations that other characters have regarding them.

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