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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Prior tells Belize his wet dream involved a woman who is not "conventional," to whom does Belize suggest he is referring?



2. Of whom does Ed Meese remind Martin Heller?



3. Who has the last line of Millennium Approaches?



4. Which of the following is not a term that Louis uses to describe the lawyers that do not comfort him while he's crying?



5. To what does Joe Pitt compare his heart in Act 2, Scene 9?



Short Essay Questions

1. What trick does Roy Cohn play on Ethel Rosenberg at the end of Act 4?



2. How does Prior respond to the approach of the Angel in Act 3, Scene 7?



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



4. Why is Hannah lost in Act 3, Scene 4?



5. What is the Angel's official edict, and why does she want it delivered to Earth?



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



7. Why does Harper long for the end of days?



8. What does Roy have to say about a father's love in Act 2, Scene 4?



9. How do Prior and Hannah meet the second time?



10. How do Prior and Harper meet for the first time in the real world?



Essay Topics

AIDS is the constant pollutant in the world of Angels in America. It has destroyed lives, relationships, and reputations. It exists in a tangible sense as a destroyer of bodies in the play, but it also exists as an idea against which people understand society. Examine the ways different characters understand AIDS in an essay in three parts:

Part 1) Analyze Roy Cohn's creed to Henry about the meaning of AIDS. What is Roy saying about America, power, and the disease itself?

Part 2) Examine Louis and Belize's conversation in Millennium Approaches. What does Louis say AIDS means to America? What does it reflect about the role of tolerance in our society?

Part 3) When Louis and Prior meet for the first time in weeks in Perestroika, Prior attacks his former lover. In the process he discusses the way the gay community has adapted to AIDS. How does this reflect a disconnect between the community at large and his personal experience?

The play Angels in America centers on two men battling the ravages of AIDS: Prior Walter and Roy Cohn. As the health of both men deteriorates, both become immersed in a supernatural world. How do the different experiences of Prior and Roy reflect two different attitudes towards death? AIDS? Companionship? In an essay, use these men's relationship to death and disease to delineate their different worldviews.

A central theme of Angels in America is migration. Write an essay on one of the following prompts regarding this theme:

1.) The play opens with a eulogy for Sarah Ironson delivered by Rabbi Chemelwitz. The subject of the eulogy is the migration immigrants like Sarah took, carrying their culture with them. Compare in an essay the sentiments Chemelwitz espouses with the sentiments Louis later states in his first scene with Belize. What do they say about immigrant populations? About the spiritual past of America?

2.) When the Angel finally appears to Prior at the end of Millennium Approaches, she carries with her a message from Heaven. Write an essay about this message and its relation to the theme of migration. How does Prior's decision to renounce his calling reflect Kushner's thoughts on migration?

3.) By the end of the play, two characters have found deep fulfillment by traveling far from their long-time home: Hannah and Harper. Write an essay comparing these two women's journeys. What drives them from home? What do they hope to find on the other side?

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