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. What was Larry doing in the dream Kate had?

2. According to Sue, what is Jim turning Chris into?

3. What occupation did Susie have?

4. What did Ann nearly do two years ago?

5. What order does Kate Keller repeatedly give Joe Keller at the end of the act?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Frank Lubey and Ann's interchange.

2. Describe Joe Keller.

3. Why did Frank Lubey not go to war?

4. Why does Kate have to believe that Larry is still alive?

5. How does Ann break Kate's resolve that Larry is alive?

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

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

8. What plans does Joe Keller make for the evening?

9. Describe Jim Bayliss' relationship with his wife.

10. Why is Kate annoyed at Joe when she comes out of the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of money as a corrupting influence is a central theme in All My Sons. The attitude of certain characters in the play toward the world is often perverted by their attitude toward money. Write an essay on the following topics:

Part 1) How does Joe Keller's understanding of the human race become corrupted by his desire to make money? Why does he place the pursuit of wealth in such esteem?

Part 2) Compare Ann Deever's response to Chris Keller's promise to make her a fortune to Joe Keller's understanding with his wife. How do they reflect different world views?

Part 3) How does Jim and Sue Bayliss' marriage mirror the relationship between Chris and Joe Keller in regard to their conflict toward the value of money?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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