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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Jim, what is the star that every man has?
2. How long did it take Lydia to make the hat she wears when she enters the scene?
3. What does Frank Lubey have with him when he arrives in the neighbor's yard in this scene?
4. To what animal does George Deever compare his father?
5. What single-worded piece of advice does Kate give Chris in the last moment of the play?
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
Compare and contrast the characters of Steve Deever and Joe Keller. The two are often compared and analyzed by Joe and others. Which is the more dominant in the relationship and how does each's attitude toward the other affect the plot?
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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