Dancing at Lughnasa Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What infuriates Kate about Gerry Evans?

2. Which of the sisters is first to stop work and dance to the radio music?

3. What does Kate bring Chris from town because she is "far too pale?"

4. What does Gerry Evans want Chris to do?

5. What is Wild Woodbine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it tell you about Gerry Evans that he says he will check the ignition and sparking plugs of the radio?

2. What is it that Kate asks Uncle Jack to promise?

3. After Agnes blows Michael a kiss, she says it was the wrong thing to do. Why would it be the wrong thing to do?

4. What is Maggie's reaction to hearing that her old friend Bernie O'Donnell is in town, and why does she react this way?

5. What phrase did Kate hit upon that comforted her as she tried to understand Uncle Jack's changed attitude toward life since his stay in Ryanda?

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

7. We as readers are told that Rose is "simple." How does the playwright make that clear to the audience?

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

9. How does Uncle Jack reveal that the Ryangans have not been converted to Christianity by his efforts?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Rose is lost, the hierarchy within the group of sisters changes. Who is usually in charge and who takes over during the emergency? Using quotations from the play, explain this dynamic and tell why you think the change took place.

Essay Topic 2

The playwright, Brian Friel, uses the character Michael to tell the audience the eventual fate of the characters before the play itself is finished. How did knowing where the characters' actions would lead them affect you as a reader? Did you find it an effective dramatic device?

Essay Topic 3

Uncle Jack's uniform is an important symbol in this story. Analyze the appearance of his uniform in the mind's eye of young Michael and the rest of his family, and the appearance of his uniform at the end. What does the change represent? How has the family's view of Uncle Jack changed after he has been home for a few weeks?

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