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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 did people in the neighborhood shout at Joe Keller after he was exonerated by the court?
2. What item can Lydia not figure out when she enters in Act 1?
3. What does Chris offer to his mother several times in Act 1?
4. What does Joe say that Steve Deever is instead of a murderer?
5. Joe Keller says a doctor could make a million dollars if he could bring a boy into the world without what body part?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the significance of the title of the play as a thematic element?
2. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.
3. How does George describe his father?
4. Why does Joe take his own life?
5. How does Kate recommend Joe make amends to Chris?
6. What was Kate Keller's advice to George regarding Lydia?
7. How did Larry die, according to his letter?
8. Explain Joe Keller's logic for Steve Deever's "mistake" at the factory.
9. How do Joe and Chris view the world differently?
10. Why does Joe lash out at Ann?
Essay Topic 1
Chris Keller is presented throughout the play as a mingling of strength and weakness. Write an essay on the topic of what hardships Chris can withstand and what seemingly small issues cripple him and drive him to tears. Why is Chris this way?
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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