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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What 1986 event are the Continental Principalities discussing at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 5?
2. Which of the following adjectives is not one that Belize uses in his comparison of Roy Cohn and America in Act 4, Scene 3?
3. In Act 4, Scene 4, Prior tells Hannah it would be her lucky day if he was what?
4. According to Harper was element is essential to the end of civilization?
5. By Act 4, Scene 4, how long has Hannah been trying to get hold of Joe since coming to New York?
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
Write an essay about the motivations and objectives of Harper Pitt. Her actions seem kinetic and meaningless to Hannah and Joe, but she is driven by something deep and ingrained in her psyche. What drives Harper to gobble Valium and act madly? Cite statements made both by her and by Joe to examine the meaning behind her madness.
Essay Topic 3
In Angels in America, Kushner couches his theme of community in relationships. Three romantic relationships dominate the narrative, each saying something about the nature of community in modern America. Write an essay about these three pairings:
Part 1) Prior and Louis are relationship-based on need and ambivalence. To what extent do both men embody these emotions? What drives them apart, and are they ever reconciled?
Part 2) What is the central schism between Harper and Joe Pitt? How do Harper's fears of the world connect to Joe's desires? What is the only thing keeping Joe in the relationship?
Part 3)How is the relationship between Louis and Joe a communion based on self-interest? Does this coupling have a chance of surviving? Why or why not?
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