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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. Of what Bible story was the picture that obsessed Joe at a young age?

2. In Act 2, Scene 7, Joe wonders aloud if who ever loved him?

3. How many bastards have crept into the Prior Walter bloodline, according to Prior 1?

4. According to Louis in Act 2, Scene 7, what do you have to be willing to do even if you are scared?

5. For what Broadway musical does Roy Cohn get tickets for Mrs. Hollins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What trick does Roy Cohn play on Ethel Rosenberg at the end of Act 4?

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

5. Describe Roy in Act 3, Scene 5.

6. How does Hannah Pitt react to Joe's late night call to her?

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

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

9. What delusions become real for Harper in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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