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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 superstition does Maggie believe?
(a) Never walk under a ladder.
(b) A black cat should be avoided.
(c) Throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it.
(d) A broken mirror will bring seven years of bad luck.

2. Why does Kate ask God to forgive her?
(a) For poisoning the atmosphere in the house.
(b) For refusing to dance.
(c) For judging her sisters.
(d) For calling Gerry Evans a bastard.

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

4. Who first proposes that the sisters go to the harvest dance?
(a) Rose.
(b) Maggie.
(c) Kate.
(d) Agnes.

5. What does Kate call vulgar language?
(a) Corner-boy language.
(b) Low-class language.
(c) Savage language.
(d) Back hill language.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Danny Bradley give Rose for Christmas?

2. What is Wild Woodbine?

3. Why do the sisters stop dancing?

4. What does Chris hear that Gerry Evans is doing in Dublin?

5. Why do Maggie and Chris object to Rose seeing Danny Bradley?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rose describe her encounter with Danny Bradley?

2. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

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

4. What does Uncle Jack reveal about his ministry in Ryanga when Maggie asks if the people there gathered in his church for ceremonies?

5. Who does Maggie forget to count when she is calculating people they must feed for dinner?

6. What significance can we attach to Uncle Jack's declaration that he is cold all the time?

7. How does the Industrial Revolution affect the lives of the Mundy sisters?

8. Why do you think the opening tableau shows Uncle Jack in his "resplendent" uniform, which is out of place in the play's action?

9. Why do you think Rose can describe the Festival of Lughnasa to her sisters?

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

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