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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the end of Act 4, Scene 6, what does Prior say Hannah does to him?
2. In Act 5, Scene 4, what word does Harper tell Joe he says a lot?
3. What news does Ethel Rosenberg deliver to Roy in Act 4, Scene 9?
4. Why do the dead all play cards in heaven?
5. What is Louis doing when Joe enters his apartment at the beginning of Act 4, Scene 8?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
AIDS is the constant pollutant in the world of Angels in America. It has destroyed lives, relationships, and reputations. It exists in a tangible sense as a destroyer of bodies in the play, but it also exists as an idea against which people understand society. Examine the ways different characters understand AIDS in an essay in three parts:
Part 1) Analyze Roy Cohn's creed to Henry about the meaning of AIDS. What is Roy saying about America, power, and the disease itself?
Part 2) Examine Louis and Belize's conversation in Millennium Approaches. What does Louis say AIDS means to America? What does it reflect about the role of tolerance in our society?
Part 3) When Louis and Prior meet for the first time in weeks in Perestroika, Prior attacks his former lover. In the process he discusses the way the gay community has adapted to AIDS. How does this reflect a disconnect between the community at large and his personal experience?
Essay Topic 2
Tony Kushner's play takes place almost entirely in New York City. This is the home of virtually every character, but he also has two other distinct settings that exist in the real world but exist in the play as fantastical realms. Write en essay about these two places. Why does Kushner choose them as fantastical lands? What is different about them? What do they represent?
Part 1) Antarctica
Part 2) San Fransisco
Essay Topic 3
In the beginning of Perestroika, Alexii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov, the oldest living Bolshevik, speaks at length about the importance of Theory when launching a new era. Write an essay about the importance of theory to the central characters of the play. Choose three major characters and analyze the Theory - or lack thereof - that guides them in their actions. Does this Theory ever fail them? Are they searching for something new?
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