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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 sarcastic expression does Sue use to refer to the Kellers?

2. What are Ann and Chris doing when Joe Keller comes out of the house?

3. How many times has Annie been married?

4. What is the only part of the paper that Joe Keller reads?

5. Why does Sue think she should have been born a man?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Larry die, according to his letter?

2. What does Ann tell George about her leaving the Kellers?

3. Why does Joe only read the want ads in the paper?

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

5. What is the significance of the fallen tree in the Kellers' yard?

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

7. Why does Joe lash out at Ann?

8. Why did Frank Lubey not go to war?

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

10. Why is Ann upset with Chris after her conversation with Sue?

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

Several objects in the play serve the purpose of reminding present characters of characters that are absent. At times they serve this purpose in a destructive way, stymieing the lives of those they touch and other illuminate the reality of life and free characters to move on. Write a three-part essay on the following objects:

Part 1) Larry's tree

Part 2) The hat George wears

Part 3) Larry's letter to Ann

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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