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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What color is the star of Ethel Rosenberg's hate?
2. What character's spirit helps Louis with the Kaddish?
3. According to Sarah Ironson, what is central to the Jewish Way?
4. By Act 4, Scene 4, how long has Hannah been trying to get hold of Joe since coming to New York?
5. What world leader is Louis discussing at the beginning of the Epilogue?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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
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?
This section contains 312 words
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