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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who reads Larry's letter to the family?
2. What form of transportation does Sue sarcastically suggest Jim used to pick up George?
3. Who informed Steve Deever that the cylinder heads were cracked?
4. What is the first thing that Ann notices about Chris when he enters in Act 3?
5. Which of the following is not something Joe Keller recommends Chris do with his money if he thinks it's dirty?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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