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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. To what destination does the Homeless Woman give Hannah directions in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

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

4. What liquid does Harper theorize will come from her breasts after she gives birth to her Antarctic baby in Act 3, Scene 2?

5. What addition to the Antarctica of Act 3, Scene 3 confuses Mr. Lies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Roy's response to Belize in Act 1, Scene 5.

3. In Act 2, Scene 5, why does Belize fear that Prior is losing his mind?

4. How does Louis end up in Prior's bedroom in Act 3, Scene 6?

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

6. What revelation of Roy's past shocks Joe in Act 3, Scene 6?

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

8. What desperate question does Louis Ironson ask Rabbi Chemelwitz?

9. What offer does Roy Cohn make Joe Pitt in Act 1; Scene 2?

10. Describe the first meeting between Louis and Joe.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Roy Cohn tells Belize that he can get anyone to do anything for him, but in the beginning of Angels in America he uses deception to try and convince Joe Pitt to do him a favor. Analyze the reason for this deception in an essay in three parts:

Part 1) In the first act of Millennium Approaches, how does Roy present the job opportunity to Joe Pitt? Why should Joe take the job and why is Roy offering it to him?

Part 2) When Martin Heller speaks to Joe Pitt speaks to Joe about joining the Justice Department, what does he talk about? What is the Reagan administration's plan for Justice? How is this supposed to appeal to Joe and convince him to take the job?

Part 3) What is the actual reason that Roy needs Joe Pitt in Justice? When does he decide to tell him the truth? What does this say of Roy's opinion of Joe?

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