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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who said "Have you no decency?"
2. What did Harper do with her shoes prior to Act 4, Scene 5?
3. To what does Harper compare the souls she dreams of rising to heaven?
4. What does Prior suggest the Principalities do if God ever returns?
5. As of the Epilogue, how many years has Prior been living with AIDS?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Kushner links many seemingly disparate groups together in his play. He seems to imply that all people that find themselves marginalized by their affiliations are bound in some way. Write an essay about this binding force of exclusion from the mainstream, focusing on the Mormon, Jewish, and homosexual communities. Use examples from the text of members of these groups interacting and finding common ground to support the thesis.
Essay Topic 3
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
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