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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. Why, according to Joe, does he not want to have sex with Harper most days?

2. What is to be Prior Walter's role, according to his ancestors in Act 3, Scene1?

3. Which of the following is not a reason Joe gives for declining Roy's Justice Department offer in Act 3, Scene 5?

4. In Act 1, Scene 9, who does Roy claim he can reach on the phone in five minutes?

5. What instrument plays the dance tune to which Prior and Louis dance in Act 3, Scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do people change, according to the Mormon Mother?

4. Why is Joe Pitt confused by Louis' invitation to come home with him?

5. How do Prior and Harper meet for the first time in the real world?

6. How does Roy react to Joe's admission that he is staying with a man in Act 4, Scene 1?

7. What message does Sarah Ironson give Prior Walter Act 5, Scene 6?

8. What is Louis' point about fear in America at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

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

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

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

Joe Pitt is the most ambiguous figure in the play. He is at once tortured, principled, and selfish. He is a victim and a bully. Write an essay about Kushner's attitude toward Joe. Divide the essay into three sections, focusing first on examples of sympathy for the confused and self-loathing man. The second section should focus on the unsympathetic qualities of Joe's character. The last section should be an opinion as to what Kushner believes about Joe as a person.

Essay Topic 3

A central theme of Angels in America is migration. Write an essay on one of the following prompts regarding this theme: 1.) The play opens with a eulogy for Sarah Ironson delivered by Rabbi Chemelwitz. The subject of the eulogy is the migration immigrants like Sarah took, carrying their culture with them. Compare in an essay the sentiments Chemelwitz espouses with the sentiments Louis later states in his first scene with Belize. What do they say about immigrant populations? About the spiritual past of America? 2.) When the Angel finally appears to Prior at the end of Millennium Approaches, she carries with her a message from Heaven. Write an essay about this message and its relation to the theme of migration. How does Prior's decision to renounce his calling reflect Kushner's thoughts on migration? 3.) By the end of the play, two characters have found deep fulfillment by traveling far from their long-time home: Hannah and Harper. Write an essay comparing these two women's journeys. What drives them from home? What do they hope to find on the other side?

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