Angels in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In what city does the main portion of Act 1, Scene 1 of Perestroika take place?

2. What instrument plays the dance tune to which Prior and Louis dance in Act 3, Scene 6?

3. What famous instigator does Louis Ironson claim his grandmother saw speak?

4. For doing what does Hannah chastise the policeman she speaks to on the phone in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. Which of the following is not a reason Joe gives for declining Roy's Justice Department offer in Act 3, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What request does Prior make of Louis at the end of their pained meeting in Act 4, Scene 1?

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

3. What is Prior's reaction to Belize's gift in Act 5, Scene 8?

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

5. How does Harper come to realize she is not in the Antarctic in Act 1, Scene 2?

6. What are Joe and Harper's secrets in Act 1, Scene 8?

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

8. How do Harper and Prior meet?

9. Why does Prior wrestle the Angel in Act 5, Scene 1?

10. What information about Joe does Belize tell Louis in Act 4, Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Louis is a character concerned with self-loathing. Write an essay on the source and progression of this self-hate. From what act does this guilt stem? What does Louis do to try to stem the tide of guilt that threatens to overwhelm him? What expiates Louis from this loathing, and how is he left at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of Perestroika, Alexii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov, the oldest living Bolshevik, speaks at length about the importance of Theory when launching a new era. Write an essay about the importance of theory to the central characters of the play. Choose three major characters and analyze the Theory - or lack thereof - that guides them in their actions. Does this Theory ever fail them? Are they searching for something new?

Essay Topic 3

Joe Pitt is the most ambiguous figure in the play. He is at once tortured, principled, and selfish. He is a victim and a bully. Write an essay about Kushner's attitude toward Joe. Divide the essay into three sections, focusing first on examples of sympathy for the confused and self-loathing man. The second section should focus on the unsympathetic qualities of Joe's character. The last section should be an opinion as to what Kushner believes about Joe as a person.

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