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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Hoe does the Angel's communication with Heaven manifest itself onstage?
2. To what famous media icon does Prior compare Joe in Act 4, Scene 2?
3. What news does Ethel Rosenberg deliver to Roy in Act 4, Scene 9?
4. How does Belize explain Roy's ranting in Act 3, Scene 5?
5. In addition to saying Kaddish for Roy, what does Belize want Louis to do in Act 5, Scene 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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