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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. With what is Harper playing when Prior sees in her Heaven?
2. What does Roy say in Act 2, Scene 5 that he most respects about black Americans?
3. In Act 3, Scene 2, Roy asks Ethel Rosenberg if who has died?
4. Who said "Have you no decency?"
5. What part of the funeral Prior and Belize attend at the beginning of Act 2 does Prior find particularly distasteful?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Louis and Belize are foils to each other in Angels in America. Write an essay about the dynamic that exists between them, focusing on the two long conversations they have and the night in Roy Cohn's hospital room. How are they different, and how are they similar? In what ways does Belize serve as Louis' conscience in these scenes? How does each man change as a result of this relationship?
Essay Topic 2
Harper Pitt often communicated with people who are real but not presently in the room with her. In Kushner's world, her hallucinations provide her insight into absent people. Write an essay about three of these occasions. What does she learn from them? How do these experiences all fuel her paranoia and fear and make her feel more isolated?
Part 1) Her mutual dream with Prior in Millennium Approaches
Part 2) Joe Pitt's arrival in Antarctica in the beginning of Perestroika
Part 3) Joe and Louis's argument in the midst of the Diorama at the Mormon Visitor's Center
Essay Topic 3
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?
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