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 want Chris to do?

2. Why do the sisters stop dancing?

3. How old is Michael when this story takes place?

4. How long has Uncle Jack been gone?

5. What is Kate determined to do this winter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. We as readers are told that Rose is "simple." How does the playwright make that clear to the audience?

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

5. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

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

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

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

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

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

The fox is an important metaphor in this play. If the family of women is the hen house, who is the fox? How many of the women have had unsuccessful relationships with men? List and explain each and develop your own thesis for why each situation ended unhappily.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What do you make of the fact that Michael is often not to be found when the other characters call for him? Cite the passages where they discuss his disappearance when he is needed. Is this a foreshadowing device? Explain.

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