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. What do homosexuals lack, according to Roy?

2. How many hot dogs is Joe eating when Louis sits with him in Act 2, Scene 7?

3. How long did Hannah Pitt wait for Joe to pick her up at the airport?

4. What does Harper bring with her when she enters in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Which of the following qualities does Roy says he does not possess in Act 3, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Belize want Louis to say Kaddish over Roy's body?

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

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

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

5. How does Belize secure some of Roy's AZT in Act 3, Scene 2?

6. How does Mr. Lies explain Harper Pitt's ill sense of ease?

7. Describe Prior's appearance in Act 2.

8. Describe Harper in Act 5, Scene 9.

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

10. How does Louis' liaison with the Man in the Park end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Some critics characterize Angels in America as a magical realist work. In magical realism, the realistic and the paranormal exist at the same time in the narrative. More importantly, though, in a magical realist work the characters accept these paranormal elements without question. Write an essay detailing whether you think Angels in America is a magical realist work. Use specific examples from the text and interpretation of these examples to defend your position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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