Dancing at Lughnasa Test | Lesson Plans 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 superstition does Maggie believe?

2. Why does Kate ask God to forgive her?

3. What do the Mundy sisters name their radio?

4. Who first proposes that the sisters go to the harvest dance?

5. What does Kate call vulgar language?

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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The character of Uncle Jack has paid a heavy cost in both body and mind to serve the lepers in Ryanga. He has also learned different ways of looking at the world than he had when he left Ireland. Do you see his character as a failure? Why or why not?

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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