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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. From what dead figure does Ethel Rosenberg send a "hello" in Act 3, Scene 5?

2. What addition to the Antarctica of Act 3, Scene 3 confuses Mr. Lies?

3. Why is Harper confused by seeing Prior in her hallucination?

4. In what country does Louis' Act 3, Scene 2, story of about subtle antisemitism abroad take place?

5. Which of the following is not a term that Louis uses to describe the lawyers that do not comfort him while he's crying?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the setting of the Epilogue.

2. What revelation of Roy's past shocks Joe in Act 3, Scene 6?

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

4. What final pearls of wisdom does Roy provide to Joe in Act 5, Scene 4?

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. How does Prior respond to the approach of the Angel in Act 3, Scene 7?

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

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

10. How do people change, according to the Mormon Mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Angels in America is a celebration of the essential commonality of all people. Write en essay on this theme, focusing on the beleaguered relationships that mature throughout the play. What do Hannah and Prior, Belize and Roy, and others discover about themselves and their supposed foils? Conclude the essay with a statement regarding Kushner's opinion of humanity.

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