Angels in America Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Angels in America, Kushner couches his theme of community in relationships. Three romantic relationships dominate the narrative, each saying something about the nature of community in modern America. Write an essay about these three pairings:

Part 1) Prior and Louis are relationship-based on need and ambivalence. To what extent do both men embody these emotions? What drives them apart, and are they ever reconciled?

Part 2) What is the central schism between Harper and Joe Pitt? How do Harper's fears of the world connect to Joe's desires? What is the only thing keeping Joe in the relationship?

Part 3)How is the relationship between Louis and Joe a communion based on self-interest? Does this coupling have a chance of surviving? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The New York of Tony Kushner's play is a city of interlocking relationships that connect everyone to everyone else. Write an essay about the convoluted ways that people find each other and affect each other's lives. Focus on the connection these people have to each other and what they become in each other's presence:

Part 1) Roy and Belize

Part 2) Louis and Joe

Part 3) Hannah and Prior

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