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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Angels in America, Kushner couches his theme of community in relationships. Three romantic relationships dominate the narrative, each saying something about the nature of community in modern America. Write an essay about these three pairings:

Part 1) Prior and Louis are relationship-based on need and ambivalence. To what extent do both men embody these emotions? What drives them apart, and are they ever reconciled?

Part 2) What is the central schism between Harper and Joe Pitt? How do Harper's fears of the world connect to Joe's desires? What is the only thing keeping Joe in the relationship?

Part 3)How is the relationship between Louis and Joe a communion based on self-interest? Does this coupling have a chance of surviving? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Tony Kushner creates several prominent characters in the play that are not of this world. Each of these characters exists on a realm of being different from anyone else, even the other supernatural characters. Write an essay comparing three of these characters. Who are they and how have they manifested themselves onstage? With whom do they interact and what is the nature of this interaction? Are they benevolent? Violent?

Part 1) Mr. Lies

Part 2) Ethel Rosenberg

Part 3) The Angel

Essay Topic 3

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

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