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. Who is Okawa?

2. What does Kate call vulgar language?

3. Whose arrival throws the Mundy household into turmoil?

4. Where is Gerry Evans going?

5. What worries Kate most about losing her job?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. How has Chris brought shame upon the Mundy family?

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

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

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

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. After Agnes blows Michael a kiss, she says it was the wrong thing to do. Why would it be the wrong thing to do?

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

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

At different times in the play, every character dances except for Michael. Select two of the characters and analyze the dance of each. What does their dance mean? What does the dance tell the audience about the character? If you select Michael as one of the characters, explain why you think he is the only one who does not dance.

Essay Topic 3

The playwright, Brian Friel, uses the character Michael to tell the audience the eventual fate of the characters before the play itself is finished. How did knowing where the characters' actions would lead them affect you as a reader? Did you find it an effective dramatic device?

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