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

2. In what city does Roy believe he met Mormons?

3. What is the identity of Harper's Eskimo?

4. Whom does Louis imply is gay in Act 2, Scene 7?

5. What revelation does Prior make to Harper in their shared dream state?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interchange between Henry and Belize in Act 1, Scene 4?

2. What request does Prior make of Louis at the end of their pained meeting in Act 4, Scene 1?

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

4. Describe the first meeting between Louis and Joe.

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

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

7. What bad news does Prior deliver to Louis the day of Sarah Ironson's funeral?

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

9. Describe the setting of the Epilogue.

10. Describe Harper in Act 5, Scene 9.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The New York of Tony Kushner's play is a city of interlocking relationships that connect everyone to everyone else. Write an essay about the convoluted ways that people find each other and affect each other's lives. Focus on the connection these people have to each other and what they become in each other's presence:

Part 1) Roy and Belize

Part 2) Louis and Joe

Part 3) Hannah and Prior

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

AIDS is the constant pollutant in the world of Angels in America. It has destroyed lives, relationships, and reputations. It exists in a tangible sense as a destroyer of bodies in the play, but it also exists as an idea against which people understand society. Examine the ways different characters understand AIDS in an essay in three parts:

Part 1) Analyze Roy Cohn's creed to Henry about the meaning of AIDS. What is Roy saying about America, power, and the disease itself?

Part 2) Examine Louis and Belize's conversation in Millennium Approaches. What does Louis say AIDS means to America? What does it reflect about the role of tolerance in our society?

Part 3) When Louis and Prior meet for the first time in weeks in Perestroika, Prior attacks his former lover. In the process he discusses the way the gay community has adapted to AIDS. How does this reflect a disconnect between the community at large and his personal experience?

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