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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. When Prior tells Belize his wet dream involved a woman who is not "conventional," to whom does Belize suggest he is referring?

2. Of whom does Ed Meese remind Martin Heller?

3. Who has the last line of Millennium Approaches?

4. Which of the following is not a term that Louis uses to describe the lawyers that do not comfort him while he's crying?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Prior's reaction to Belize's gift in Act 5, Scene 8?

4. Why is Hannah lost in Act 3, Scene 4?

5. What is the Angel's official edict, and why does she want it delivered to Earth?

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

7. Why does Harper long for the end of days?

8. What does Roy have to say about a father's love in Act 2, Scene 4?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Louis is a character concerned with self-loathing. Write an essay on the source and progression of this self-hate. From what act does this guilt stem? What does Louis do to try to stem the tide of guilt that threatens to overwhelm him? What expiates Louis from this loathing, and how is he left at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 3

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

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