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. Which of the following is not an ingredient Belize suspects was used in the production of the salve he brings to Prior in Act 2, Scene 5?

2. According to Prior, of what is Louis incapable?

3. To what film director's work does Prior compare his room in Act 3, Scene 7?

4. What is Roy Cohn most proud of in his entire career?

5. To what philosopher does Louis compare his world-view when speaking to Rabbi Chemelwitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Prior in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What does Martin Heller say is the result of loading the federal courts with conservative judges?

3. Describe the interchange between Henry and Belize in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. What call does Hannah receive as soon as she arrives at Joe's apartment?

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

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

7. What diagnosis does Roy demand of his doctor in Act 1, Scene 9, and why?

8. What is Hannah's principal concern in talking to Sister Ella Chapter in Act 2, Scene 10?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Tony Kushner's play takes place almost entirely in New York City. This is the home of virtually every character, but he also has two other distinct settings that exist in the real world but exist in the play as fantastical realms. Write en essay about these two places. Why does Kushner choose them as fantastical lands? What is different about them? What do they represent?

Part 1) Antarctica

Part 2) San Fransisco

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