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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. According to Prior's rant in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 7, the Recording Angel snaps the spine of what book?
2. How many bastards have crept into the Prior Walter bloodline, according to Prior 1?
3. What is Mr. Lies' career?
4. Why, according to Joe, does he not want to have sex with Harper most days?
5. What does Roy offer to do for Joe to help his decision regarding Washington in Act 2, Scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Belize warn Roy about regarding his AZT?
2. Describe Roy in Act 3, Scene 5.
3. What is Louis' point about fear in America at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?
4. How do Harper and Prior meet?
5. Which of Louis' assertions particularly offends Belize in Act 3, Scene 2?
6. Why does Harper long for the end of days?
7. What information about Joe does Belize tell Louis in Act 4, Scene 3?
8. Describe Joe's interpretation of Jacob and the Angel.
9. Describe the setting of the Epilogue.
10. Why does Louis criticize Joe's decision on a case that found in favor of a gay soldier?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Angels in America is a play about a world polluted by selfish acts and fear. In this diseased America, two figures emerge as healers and caretakers willing to sacrifice for others in need: Write an essay about these two characters.
Part 1) How does the character of Belize serve as a healing force in the darkest reaches of the play? Examine his relationships with Prior, Louis, and Roy Cohn to determine his beliefs regarding empathy and truth.
Part 2) How does the character of Hannah progress from a caricature to a fully developed and evolving person in the play? Who does she help over the course of Perestroika, and how does she defy the expectations of those around her?
Part 3) Write a summation regarding Hannah and Belize. What do these figures say about Kushner's sense of benevolence and truth in modern-day America?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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
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