All My Sons

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WINTER 2015 F EXAM

LOTS

1)      Why is it important for Frank to prove that November 25th was a favorable day for Larry? It was the day (-) ( points)

a)      he was going to marry Ann

b)      he was born

c)      he was reported missing

d)      he joined the army

2)      At the beginning of Act III, Jim says to mother, “Don’t be afraid, Kate, I know. I’ve always known.” Jim has always known that (-) (5 points)

a)      Chris wants to marry Ann

b)      Larry died in the war

c)      Joe is guilty of the crime

d)      Kate dreams about Larry

3)      In Act I Chris says to Joe, “You have such a talent for ignoring things.” Joe answers, “I ignore what I gotta ignore.” Why does Joe need to ignore things? Give information from the play to support your answer. (10 points)

3)      What is the conflict between the Deever and Keller families in the play? Give information from the play to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

1)      Each female character in the play has an important role. Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss her role: Kate, Ann, Sue. Give information from the play to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1)      At the end of Act I, Kate says, “Be smart now, Joe. The boy is coming, be smart.” What can we infer from this quote? Give information from the play to support your answer. (8 points)

2)      How does the phone call from George at the end of Act I influence Keller’s behavior towards Chris? Give information from the play to support your answer. (7 points)



Moed Bet 2014 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. Name ONE thing Kate does to make George feel at home when he comes to visit. (5 points)
  2. How has George’s attitude towards the Kellers changed since he visited his father? (5 points)
  3. Jim: “I’ve only met you, Ann, but if I may offer you a piece of advice – When you marry, ever – even in your mind – never count your husband’s money.” What can we understand about Jim’s relationship with his wife Sue from the above quote? Give information from the play to support your answer.  (10 points)
  4. .Jim: “Frank is right – every man does have a star. The star of one’s honesty… He probably Just wanted to be alone to watch his star go out.” Mother: “Just as long as he    comes back.” Jim: “I wish he wouldn’t.” Why does Jim wish Chris wouldn’t come back? Give information from the play to support your answer (10 points).

 HOTS

  1. In Act I Kate says “it was too soon to plant a tree for him [Larry].” Why do Kate and Chris disagree about this? Give information from the play to support your answer.

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. At the end of Act II Chris says to Keller: “I was dying every day and you [Joe] were killing my boys and you did it for me?”  What does Chris want his father to understand? (7 points)
  2. When Chris realizes that his father has committed suicide, he says “Mother, I didn’t mean to –” Mother answers, “Don’t dear. Don’t take it on   Forget now. Live.”  How has Kate’s perspective changed at the end of the play? Give information  from the play to support your answer.  (8 points)


Summer 2014 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. The tree is important for the play because (–).(5 points)

i) it was planted in Larry’s memory

ii) it had been in the yard for years

iii) it was planted by Chris

iv) Kate asked her family to plant it

2. Why has Ann come to visit the Kellers? (5 points)

3. In Act I, Chris says to his parents,”… We’re like at a railroad station waiting for a train that never comes in.” What does Chris mean by this? Give information from the play about TWO characters to support your answer. (10 points)

4. How do Chris’s values change from the beginning to the end of the play? Give information from the play to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

  1. Money is a central theme in the play. Discuss this theme as it relates to ONE of the following characters: Joe, Sue, Jim. Give information from the play to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. In Act I, Kate says, “There’s no jail here! I want you to stop that jail business!”. Why doesn’t Kate want Joe to talk about jail? Give information from the play to support your answer. (7 points)
  2. “Kid, walkin’ down the street that day I was guilty as hell. Except I wasn’t, and there was a court paper in my pocket to prove I wasn’t…”. What can we infer about Joe from this behavior? Give information from the play to support your answer. (8 points)


Winter 2014 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. At the beginning of the play, Kate says, “… everything decided to happen at the same time.” Which of the following happened? (5 points)

 (i) Steve got out of jail.

 (ii) Jim went to New Orleans.

 (iii) Larry’s tree blew down.

 (iv) Joe sold the business.

  1. Ann has come to visit because she wants (–).(5 points)

 (i) to see her father

 (ii) to move back into her old house

 (iii) to find out the truth about Larry

 (iv) to marry Chris

  1. Before George arrives, Joe says to Ann, “… why should he [George] knock himself out in New York with that cut-throat competition, when I got so many friends here; I’m very friendly with some big lawyers in town.”  Why did Joe say this? Give information from the play to support your answer.

 HOTS

 After George arrives, Mother says, “Honest to God, it breaks my heart to see what happened to all the children.” Relate this quote to at least ONE of the following characters: Chris, George or Ann. Give information from the play to support your answer.

 ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Compare and contrast Joe’s view of Chris with Joe’s view of Larry. (7 points)
  2. How is Joe mistaken in his view of either Larry or Chris? Give information from the play to support your answer. (8 points)


Moed Bet 2013 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. George says about Steve, “He’s like that now. He’d like to take every man who made money in the war and put him up against a wall.” How has Steve changed? (5 points)

 (i) He now understands what they did wrong during the war.

 (ii) He knows that he shouldn’t blame Keller.

 (iii) He is sorry he didn’t make more money during the war.

 (iv) He wants to go back to work in the factory.

  1. Joe Keller says that Steve Deever is “a little man.” Give ONE example that Joe gives to prove this. (5 points)
  2. Kate says about George: “All these years he never even sent a postcard to Steve… Suddenly he takes an airplane from New York to see him.” What is she worried about? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. Chris: “Tell me, George. What happened? The court record was good enough for you all these years, why isn’t it good now? Why did you believe it all these years?”  George: “Because you believed it… That’s the truth, Chris.”  What does the above quote tell us about the relationship between  Chris and George? (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Keller: “A daughter is a daughter, and a father is a father.”
    1. What does Keller mean by this? (7 points)
    2. Compare this view to that of George and Ann towards their father,   (8 points)


Summer 2013 F Exam

BRIDGING

  1. When the play All My Sons first opened after World War II in 1947, Americans admired the returning soldiers as heroes. There were also feelings of anger towards the civilian businessmen who had profited from the war effort. The businessmen themselves had deep feelings of guilt, especially the ones whose sons had fought and died during the war. Make a connection between the above description and the play. Give information from the play to support your answer.


Winter 2013 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. In Act I Chris says to Keller, “We’ve made a terrible mistake with Mother” because he thinks that (–).(5 points)

i) they shouldn’t have planted the tree in the yard

ii) they shouldn’t have let her talk to the neighbors

          iii) they shouldn’t have let her believe Larry is alive

iv) they shouldn’t have let her think Steve was guilty

  1. “Keller: Say, I ain’t got time to get sick. Mother: He hasn’t been laid up in fifteen years.  Keller: Except my flu during the war.  Mother: Huhh?”  What effect does this dialogue have on George? (5 points)
  2. At the beginning of Act II Sue complains to Ann about Chris’s “phoney idealism”. What does she mean by this? Support your answer with information from the play. (10 points)

 HOTS

 In Act I Keller says to Chris, “I want a new sign over the plant – Christopher Keller, Incorporated.” Chris answers, “J.O. Keller is  good enough.”  Why doesn’t Chris want his name on the business? Support your answer  with information from the play.

 ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. In Act III Keller says to Mother: “I’m askin’ you. What am I, a stranger? I thought I had a family here. What happened to my family?”
    1. Why does Joe feel this way? (7 points)
    2. Compare and contrast Joe’s view of family before and after he hears the contents of Larry’s letter. Support your answer with information from  the play. (8 points)


Moed Bet 2012 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. Why does Mother [Kate] want Frank to make up Larry’s horoscope in Act I? (5 points)
  2. In Act III, Ann wants to make a deal with Mother [Kate]. What deal does she want to make? (5 points).
  3. What does Joe Keller mean when he says “a father is a father”? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. At the end of the play Joe says: “… if Larry was alive he wouldn’t act like this. He understood the way the world is made. He listened to me.”  How has Joe misunderstood Larry? Explain.

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. In the middle of Act II, Keller, Chris and Ann discuss Steve. Keller: “… I like you and George to go to him in prison and tell him… ‘Dad, Joe wants to bring you into the  business when you get out.’  Ann: You’d have him as a partner?  Keller: No, no partner. A good job…”
    1. Why does Joe say he wants to offer Steve a job when he gets out of jail? (7 points)
    2. What other motive might Joe have that he does not admit to? (8 points)


Summer 2012 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. Sue says she does not want Ann and Chris to live near them after they marry because (–). (5 points)

 (i) Chris and Jim have never been close friends

 (ii) Chris might influence Jim to go into research

(iii) she is jealous of their relationship

(iv) Ann’s father, Steve, is a criminal

  1. Why were Joe and Steve put in jail? (5 points)
  2. George arrives at the Keller home wearing his father’s hat. What is the significance of this? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. Chris says in Act III: “The cats in the alley are practical, the bums who ran away when we were fighting were practical. Only the dead  ones weren’t practical.”  Can Chris be seen as a practical person? Explain. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Evaluate Ann’s character in light of her behavior in Act III. (15 points)


Winter 2012 F Exam

LOTS

  1. Chris tells Joe that they made a terrible mistake with Mother by “being dishonest with her”. How have they been dishonest? (5 points)
  2. George tells Chris: “When you make suckers out of people once, you shouldn’t try to do it twice.” What are the TWO times he is talking about? (5 points)
  3. In Act III Jim says to Mother: “The compromise is always made.” According to the play, is compromise a necessary part of life? In your answer relate to ONE character in the play. (10 points)

HOTS

  1. Kate: “There’s something bigger than the family to him.” Joe: “Nothing is bigger.” Give ONE example of how Chris’s behavior throughout the play reflects  his struggle with these different beliefs. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Compare and contrast the attitudes of George Deever and Joe Keller to George’s father, Steve. (15 points)


Moed Bet 2011 F Exam

LOTS

1.      Jim:”In a peculiar way, Frank is right – every man does have a star.  The star of one’s honesty. And you spend your life groping for it, but once it’s out it never lights again.”  What is Jim referring to in this quote? (5 points)
(i) How Chris will deal with his father’s crime.

 (ii) Chris’s worries about his mother.

 (iii) Chris’s decision to marry Ann.

 (iv) How Chris will react to Larry’s letter.

2.      Many characters do not tell the truth in this play. Mention ONE character who is lying and the lie he or she is telling. (5 points)

3.      This play shows the destructive effects of dishonesty. Discuss this statement in relation to one of the main characters in the play. (10 points)

HOTS

1.      Choose TWO characters with conflicting approaches to life. Describe  their approaches.

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.      In the play several characters face a conflict in which they are forced to choose between loyalty to their families, on one hand, and to themselves or their principles, on the other hand.

a.      Show how this conflict is reflected in TWO characters in the play. (7 points)

b.      What are the similarities and/or differences in the ways these two  characters resolve their conflicts?



Summer 2011 F Exam

LOTS

1.      How does the family find out the truth about Larry’s death? (5 points)

2.      Why did Larry commit suicide? (5 points)

3.      Keller: “Sure, he was my son. But I think to him they were all my sons.”  What does Keller mean by this statement about Larry? (10 points)

HOTS

1.      “Like father like son” is a popular saying, which means that a son is often  similar to his father. Do you think this is true about Chris and his father?  Explain. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.      Jim: “Money-money-money. You say it long enough it doesn’t mean anything.”  Discuss the role of money in the play from the perspective of TWO characters. (15 points)



Summer 2010 F Exam

LOTS

1.      How does the family find out the truth about Larry’s death? (5 points)

2.      Why did Larry commit suicide? (5 points)

3.      Keller: “Sure, he was my son. But I think to him they were all my sons.”  What does Keller mean by this statement about Larry? (10 points)

HOTS

1.      “Like father like son” is a popular saying, which means that a son is often similar to his father. Do you think this is true about Chris and his father? Explain. (15 points)

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