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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 Keller bring out in a pitcher at the beginning of Act 2?

2. What did Ann nearly do two years ago?

3. What does Joe Keller hand out to children in the neighborhood?

4. Where did Jim Bayliss refuse to drive Sue because of the heat?

5. What does Joe Keller want for dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Kate Keller's advice to George regarding Lydia?

3. What is Kate's concern about Ann?

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

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

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

7. How does Joe defend himself to Chris regarding the money he made?

8. What did Joe think would happen after the faulty cylinder heads went out?

9. How does Joe blame Kate for his scandal?

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

Kate Keller's conception of the war is presented in the play as a great disordering of arrangements. Write an essay on Kate's struggle against this disordering, using Larry's engagement to Ann and George Deever's infatuation with Lydia as a framing device for the essay.

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

Choose one of the following topics to write an essay:

1.) Do you consider Joe Keller to be a selfish man? Did he actually feel pressure from his wife to make money, or was this just an imagined pressure? Does his lifestyle reflect a corrupt values system?

2.) Jim Bayliss discusses a year that he abruptly left his family to do medical research in New Orleans. What this a selfish choice or an altruistic one? Was Sue Bayliss' demand that he return selfish?

3.) Compare and contrast the world views of Sue Bayliss, Kate Keller, and Ann Deever. Are any of them unreasonably focused on money?

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