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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 Topic 1
Tony Kushner's play takes place almost entirely in New York City. This is the home of virtually every character, but he also has two other distinct settings that exist in the real world but exist in the play as fantastical realms. Write en essay about these two places. Why does Kushner choose them as fantastical lands? What is different about them? What do they represent?
Part 1) Antarctica
Part 2) San Fransisco
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
Write an essay about the motivations and objectives of Harper Pitt. Her actions seem kinetic and meaningless to Hannah and Joe, but she is driven by something deep and ingrained in her psyche. What drives Harper to gobble Valium and act madly? Cite statements made both by her and by Joe to examine the meaning behind her madness.
This section contains 2,675 words
(approx. 9 pages at 300 words per page)