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. According to Aleksii in Act 1, Scene 1, what must the human race have in order to move forward?

2. Why can Louis and the Man not go back to the Man's house in Act 2, Scene 4?

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

4. According to Prior's rant in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 7, the Recording Angel snaps the spine of what book?

5. What does Louis worry aloud will happen to Joe if he touches him in Act 3, Scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Roy's response to Belize in Act 1, Scene 5.

2. Which of Louis' assertions particularly offends Belize in Act 3, Scene 2?

3. What final pearls of wisdom does Roy provide to Joe in Act 5, Scene 4?

4. What revelation of Roy's past shocks Joe in Act 3, Scene 6?

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

6. How do Harper and Prior meet?

7. Why does Louis criticize Joe's decision on a case that found in favor of a gay soldier?

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

9. What desperate question does Louis Ironson ask Rabbi Chemelwitz?

10. Why does Joe punch Louis in Act 4, Scene 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kushner links many seemingly disparate groups together in his play. He seems to imply that all people that find themselves marginalized by their affiliations are bound in some way. Write an essay about this binding force of exclusion from the mainstream, focusing on the Mormon, Jewish, and homosexual communities. Use examples from the text of members of these groups interacting and finding common ground to support the thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the motivations and objectives of Harper Pitt. Her actions seem kinetic and meaningless to Hannah and Joe, but she is driven by something deep and ingrained in her psyche. What drives Harper to gobble Valium and act madly? Cite statements made both by her and by Joe to examine the meaning behind her madness.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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