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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 qualities does Roy says he does not possess in Act 3, Scene 5?
2. How many bastards have crept into the Prior Walter bloodline, according to Prior 1?
3. Of what Bible story was the picture that obsessed Joe at a young age?
4. What is Prior Walter's response to the Angel at the end Of Act 1, Scene 1?
5. In which borough of New York is Hannah Pitt lost in Act 3, Scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What diagnosis does Roy demand of his doctor in Act 1, Scene 9, and why?
2. How do Prior and Hannah meet the second time?
3. What is the Angel's official edict, and why does she want it delivered to Earth?
4. What does Prior determine about Louis in Act 2, Scene 9?
5. How does Hannah Pitt react to Joe's late night call to her?
6. What is Prior's reaction to Belize's gift in Act 5, Scene 8?
7. What final pearls of wisdom does Roy provide to Joe in Act 5, Scene 4?
8. What does Belize warn Roy about regarding his AZT?
9. How does Louis' liaison with the Man in the Park end?
10. What call does Hannah receive as soon as she arrives at Joe's apartment?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Tony Kushner sets Angels in America during the high-water mark of the Reagan era, when the pursuit of individual success was a central focus in America. Write an essay about Kushner's depiction of the destructiveness of self-interest focusing on three characters:
Part 1) How is the character of Roy Cohn the antithesis of the communitarian worldview? What does he attempt to espouse to the two men he befriends: Joe and Belize? Cite specific statements he makes during the play.
Part 2) How is Joe Pitt a worthy disciple to Roy Cohn's worldview? How does his coming out to Louis and Harper prove to be intensely self-interested? What prevents him from fully enjoying his happiness?
Part 3) To what extent does Joe attempt to win Louis over to the idea that self-interested is the best a person can be? How does Louis react to this, and what happens to the relationship as a result?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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