All My Sons Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ann tell George before he leaves?

2. What skill did Steve Deever never learn in all the time Joe knew him?

3. What particular item is George disgusted that he never sent his father?

4. Who informed Steve Deever that the cylinder heads were cracked?

5. What time is it at the beginning of Act 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to write an essay:

1.) Why do you think that Ann is so willing to defy Kate Keller and her brother, George, in order to marry Chris? Why does she have such faith in him? Cite three examples from the text to corroborate your thesis.

2.) What is George Deever's super-objective? What does he ultimately want to accomplish? Write en essay, citing three examples of individual scene objectives and explaining how they will help accomplish his super-objective.

3.) Do you think that Kate Keller truly believes that Larry is alive? Has she ever allowed doubt to enter her life? Cite conversations she has with Ann, Chris, and Joe to corroborate your answer.

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

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?

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