Angels in America Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 5, Scene 7, who is Roy Cohn representing in the afterlife?

2. What news does Ethel Rosenberg deliver to Roy in Act 4, Scene 9?

3. Which of the following books written by presidents is not mentioned in Act 4, Scene 8?

4. In Act 3, Scene 4, which of the following is not a place Louis mentions as a hot bed of homosexual mating?

5. What part of Louis' attire in Act 5, Scene 3 does Belize think is ridiculous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some critics characterize Angels in America as a magical realist work. In magical realism, the realistic and the paranormal exist at the same time in the narrative. More importantly, though, in a magical realist work the characters accept these paranormal elements without question. Write an essay detailing whether you think Angels in America is a magical realist work. Use specific examples from the text and interpretation of these examples to defend your position.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The New York of Tony Kushner's play is a city of interlocking relationships that connect everyone to everyone else. Write an essay about the convoluted ways that people find each other and affect each other's lives. Focus on the connection these people have to each other and what they become in each other's presence:

Part 1) Roy and Belize

Part 2) Louis and Joe

Part 3) Hannah and Prior

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