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

2. Why does Chris refuse Gerry Evans' offer?

3. Who is the joker of the Mundy family?

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

5. What does Agnes call her sisters when they dance immodestly?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Agnes mean when she asks Chris, "Do you want to make a pagan of yourself?"

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

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

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. 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?

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

7. What does Chris wear during the sisters' dancing that upsets Kate?

8. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

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

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

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

The boy Michael compares his parents' silent dancing together to a ritual ceremony like a wedding, and says that after Gerry Evans leaves, his mother grieves as a bride would grieve. Compare and contrast the relationship between Gerry Evans and Chris with a real marriage.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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