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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. Which of the following is not a prediction Harper makes about the coming of the Millennium?

2. To what does Louis compare the gash on his forehead?

3. Of whom does Ed Meese remind Martin Heller?

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

5. Which of the following is not a symptom that Prior lists off to Louis in Act 1, Scene 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hannah's principal concern in talking to Sister Ella Chapter in Act 2, Scene 10?

2. How has Prior Walter's illness progressed over the course of Angels in America?

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

4. What does Prior determine about Louis in Act 2, Scene 9?

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

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

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

8. Describe the setting of the Epilogue.

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

10. To what understanding concerning beliefs do Hannah and Prior come in Act 4, Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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

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