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 is the population of Balleybeg looking forward to?

2. What worries Kate most about losing her job?

3. Who is the joker of the Mundy family?

4. How does Jack feel about the Ballybeg climate?

5. What is Michael building in the yard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does Kate explain Uncle Jack's strange behavior?

4. How far do the Mundys live from the rest of the village, and what significance is there in that distance?

5. How has Uncle Jack brought status to the Mundy family?

6. What does Maggie release for Michael to see?

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

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

9. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What irony do you see in the fact that Kate eventually finds work as a tutor for Austin Morgan's young family? Explain whether this is an example of situational or dramatic irony and why you think so (or do not think so).

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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