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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. To what destination does the Homeless Woman give Hannah directions in Act 3, Scene 4?

2. in what famous English record is one of Prior Walter's ancestors featured?

3. What does Harper threaten to do if Joe walks out on her in Act 1, Scene 8?

4. Why is Harper confused by seeing Prior in her hallucination?

5. Like what does the snow of Harper's metaphysical Antarctica in Act 3, Scene 3 smell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Joe's interpretation of Jacob and the Angel.

2. How does Louis end up in Prior's bedroom in Act 3, Scene 6?

3. How does Alexii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov compare the Theory of the Bolshevik Revolution with the Theory of the present?

4. In Act 2, Scene 5, why does Belize fear that Prior is losing his mind?

5. How has Prior Walter's illness progressed over the course of Angels in America?

6. What happens to Prior in Act 2, Scene 1?

7. What message does Sarah Ironson give Prior Walter Act 5, Scene 6?

8. Why does Harper not want to stay in heaven in Act 5, Scene 2?

9. How does Hannah Pitt react to Joe's late night call to her?

10. Why is Joe Pitt confused by Louis' invitation to come home with him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Tony Kushner creates several prominent characters in the play that are not of this world. Each of these characters exists on a realm of being different from anyone else, even the other supernatural characters. Write an essay comparing three of these characters. Who are they and how have they manifested themselves onstage? With whom do they interact and what is the nature of this interaction? Are they benevolent? Violent?

Part 1) Mr. Lies

Part 2) Ethel Rosenberg

Part 3) The Angel

Essay Topic 2

Tony Kushner sets Angels in America during the high-water mark of the Reagan era, when the pursuit of individual success was a central focus in America. Write an essay about Kushner's depiction of the destructiveness of self-interest focusing on three characters:

Part 1) How is the character of Roy Cohn the antithesis of the communitarian worldview? What does he attempt to espouse to the two men he befriends: Joe and Belize? Cite specific statements he makes during the play.

Part 2) How is Joe Pitt a worthy disciple to Roy Cohn's worldview? How does his coming out to Louis and Harper prove to be intensely self-interested? What prevents him from fully enjoying his happiness?

Part 3) To what extent does Joe attempt to win Louis over to the idea that self-interested is the best a person can be? How does Louis react to this, and what happens to the relationship as a result?

Essay Topic 3

Harper Pitt often communicated with people who are real but not presently in the room with her. In Kushner's world, her hallucinations provide her insight into absent people. Write an essay about three of these occasions. What does she learn from them? How do these experiences all fuel her paranoia and fear and make her feel more isolated?

Part 1) Her mutual dream with Prior in Millennium Approaches

Part 2) Joe Pitt's arrival in Antarctica in the beginning of Perestroika

Part 3) Joe and Louis's argument in the midst of the Diorama at the Mormon Visitor's Center

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