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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. According to Rabbi Chemelwitz, what do Jews believe in concerning sin?

2. How much money did Roy borrow from one of his clients?

3. According to Prior's rant in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 7, the Recording Angel snaps the spine of what book?

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

5. To what philosopher does Louis compare his world-view when speaking to Rabbi Chemelwitz?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which of Louis' assertions particularly offends Belize in Act 3, Scene 2?

2. What does Prior tell the Continental Principalities regarding human progress in Act 5, Scene 5?

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

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

5. How does Mr. Lies explain Harper Pitt's ill sense of ease?

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

7. What does Belize warn Roy about regarding his AZT?

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

9. Describe Harper in Act 5, Scene 9.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harper Pitt often communicated with people who are real but not presently in the room with her. In Kushner's world, her hallucinations provide her insight into absent people. Write an essay about three of these occasions. What does she learn from them? How do these experiences all fuel her paranoia and fear and make her feel more isolated?

Part 1) Her mutual dream with Prior in Millennium Approaches

Part 2) Joe Pitt's arrival in Antarctica in the beginning of Perestroika

Part 3) Joe and Louis's argument in the midst of the Diorama at the Mormon Visitor's Center

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

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?

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