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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 Kate say she will do if Larry is dead?

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

3. According to Kate, what does Joe Keller do when he is worried?

4. With whom does Jim say he wants to play golf?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What promise does Chris make Ann after proposing, and how does this promise relate to his omnipresent guilt?

4. How does Joe feel about Ann's visiting the family?

5. Why does Joe take his own life?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.

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

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?

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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