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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. Why, according to Joe, does he not want to have sex with Harper most days?
2. Where has Harper been the whole time she thought she was in Antarctica?
3. Which of the following characters does not appear in Act 2, Scene 9?
4. According to Louis in Act 3, Scene 7, what do he and Joe have in common?
5. In what city does the main portion of Act 1, Scene 1 of Perestroika take place?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Harper and Prior meet?
2. What do Prior and his two ancestral visitors in the beginning of Act 3 have in common besides a name?
3. What does Martin Heller say is the result of loading the federal courts with conservative judges?
4. Why is Hannah lost in Act 3, Scene 4?
5. How do Prior and Harper meet for the first time in the real world?
6. What happens to Prior in Act 2, Scene 1?
7. What final pearls of wisdom does Roy provide to Joe in Act 5, Scene 4?
8. How do people change, according to the Mormon Mother?
9. How does Alexii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov compare the Theory of the Bolshevik Revolution with the Theory of the present?
10. What does Louis say to Joe to upset him in Act 3, Scene 4?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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
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
Roy Cohn tells Belize that he can get anyone to do anything for him, but in the beginning of Angels in America he uses deception to try and convince Joe Pitt to do him a favor. Analyze the reason for this deception in an essay in three parts:
Part 1) In the first act of Millennium Approaches, how does Roy present the job opportunity to Joe Pitt? Why should Joe take the job and why is Roy offering it to him?
Part 2) When Martin Heller speaks to Joe Pitt speaks to Joe about joining the Justice Department, what does he talk about? What is the Reagan administration's plan for Justice? How is this supposed to appeal to Joe and convince him to take the job?
Part 3) What is the actual reason that Roy needs Joe Pitt in Justice? When does he decide to tell him the truth? What does this say of Roy's opinion of Joe?
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