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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Agnes recommend to fix the radio?
(a) Move it to another room.
(b) Turn it off until it cools down.
(c) Buy a new battery.
(d) Fix the frayed cord.

2. What do the Mundy sisters name their radio?
(a) Lugh.
(b) Gerry.
(c) Marconi.
(d) Danny.

3. To what tune do Gerry Evans and Chris dance?
(a) String of Pearls.
(b) Pennsylvania 6-5000.
(c) Some Enchanted Evening.
(d) Dancing in the Dark.

4. How does Chris heat the iron for their clothes?
(a) On the radiator.
(b) In the fireplace.
(c) On the hearth.
(d) In the stove.

5. Why do Maggie and Chris object to Rose seeing Danny Bradley?
(a) He's a liar.
(b) He's handsome and they're jealous.
(c) He's a drunk.
(d) He's married.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the joker of the Mundy family?

2. What does the Donegal Enquirer call Uncle Jack?

3. What does Danny Bradley call Rose?

4. How does Gerry Evans get to Ballybeg?

5. In what year does Dancing at Lughnasa take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think Michael means when he talks of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was?

2. Why does Kate become angry when Rose repeats the idea that twins are a double blessing?

3. What does Maggie release for Michael to see?

4. The song Maggie sings says that if the Irish don't vote for De Valera, they'll be like Gandhi and his goat. What does this mean?

5. For what is the fox in the hen house a metaphor?

6. What reasons does Kate use for refusing to go to the harvest dance?

7. When Irish music comes from the radio, which of the sisters begins to dance first, and in what mood does she dance?

8. Why does Chris call Danny Bradley a bastard?

9. Why do you think the parish priest doesn't want to look Kate in the eye since Uncle Jack came home?

10. Why do you think young Michael felt unease rather than amusement or joy when his mother and aunts danced?

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