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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 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

Compare and contrast the characters of Steve Deever and Joe Keller. The two are often compared and analyzed by Joe and others. Which is the more dominant in the relationship and how does each's attitude toward the other affect the plot?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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