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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 do the Mundy sisters name their radio?

2. What does the Donegal Enquirer call Uncle Jack?

3. Why don't the Mundys speak of Uncle Jack when he is a chaplain for the British army?

4. How does Kate think children should be named?

5. Who is the joker of the Mundy family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maggie notice about the pack of cigarettes Kate brought her, and why is it significant?

2. How has Chris brought shame upon the Mundy family?

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

4. What does Maggie mean when she tells Michael that someday he's going to fill some woman's life with happiness?

5. How does Kate feel about Michael, and how can you tell?

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

7. What is the difference between the way Kate dances and the dance of the other sisters?

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

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

10. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerry Evans' character is in many ways an act. He pretends to be a salesman, but can't sell. He pretends to be fighting for a noble cause in Spain, but doesn't know for sure what that cause is. In Michael's last glimpse of him, he is imitating Fred Astaire. After his father's war injury, Michael tells us that Gerry Evans cherished the "role" of wounded war veteran. Analyze Gerry Evans' role as almost a husband, and almost a father. Do you see him as evil and harmful? Do you see him as helpless and hopeless? Is there a tragic flaw in his character - or several? If so, what are they?

Essay Topic 2

Maggie asks riddles of young Michael, and he never offers any possible answers, even when she chides him for being stupid. In the end, she herself has forgotten the answer to the riddle she poses. Analyze the playwright's use of riddles in this way. What do you think he is trying to say about Maggie? About Michael? About life?

Essay Topic 3

The passage of time is a theme in this story. When Maggie says, "Lughnasa's almost over, girls. There aren't going to be many warm evenings left." She may be talking of more than the weather for that season. Based on what you learn of future events, what are the "warm evenings," and how are they lost?

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