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. Why doesn't Gerry Evans bring Michael a bicycle?

2. What do the back hills people do to celebrate Lughnasa?

3. What does Danny Bradley call Rose?

4. How does Michael scare Maggie?

5. What medication does Uncle Jack take?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Chris call Danny Bradley a bastard?

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

9. Why do you think the playwright chose to have adult Michael speak the lines of child Michael instead of having two actors?

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

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

Rose is described as "simple," yet she is the one who informs the family about goings-on in the village and in the world around them. How do you imagine that she gets this information, and what does it tell you about her and the way the family views her? Use examples from the play to explore Rose's character. Do her sisters understand her? Does she understand them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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