All My Sons Test | 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. Why does Chris leave the backyard in the beginning of Act 2?

2. What item can Lydia not figure out when she enters in Act 1?

3. What is George Deever's profession?

4. Which of the following is not a military rank listed among Joe Keller's factory staff?

5. What does Kate like about Chris's removal of the fallen tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does George suggest at the end of the scene to prove his story?

2. Explain the roots of Chris' sense of guilt after the war?

3. Describe the dream that Kate had the night before the play begins.

4. Why is Joe asleep at the beginning of Act 2?

5. How does Joe blame Kate for his scandal?

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

7. Why is Kate unwilling to acknowledge Larry's death, according to Joe?

8. What statement destroys the good will building between George and Joe?

9. What is Steve Deever's side of the cylinder head story?

10. Why does Joe lash out at Ann?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Joe Keller kill himself? Write an essay on this topic, citing three specific realizations that Joe has in the last act of the play, leading to his going into the house to kill himself.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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