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 does Gerry Evans see on the way to the Mundy house that he thinks is a good omen?

2. How does Jack feel about the Ballybeg climate?

3. What does Chris want Michael to believe about his father?

4. What is Michael building in the yard?

5. What superstition does Maggie believe?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think young Michael felt unease rather than amusement or joy when his mother and aunts danced?

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

4. What is significant about the names Nora and Nina that Bernie O'Donnell gave to her twin daughters?

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

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

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

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

9. What significance does Austin Morgan have in this story?

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Ryangan idea of marriage with what Kate calls the "holy sacrament of matrimony." Judging from the main characters and their romantic relationships, make a statement comparing the costs and benefits of both kinds of marriage. Cite quotations from the play to support your thesis.

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