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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. In what year does Dancing at Lughnasa take place?

2. What happens to the Sweeney boy at Lughnasa?

3. What is Kate determined to do this winter?

4. What do the people of Ballylbeg plan for Jack?

5. What is Wild Woodbine?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Irish music comes from the radio, which of the sisters begins to dance first, and in what mood does she dance?

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

3. What is the difference between the way Kate dances and the dance of the other sisters?

4. 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?

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

6. Why do you think Rose can describe the Festival of Lughnasa to her sisters?

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

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

9. What does Chris wear during the sisters' dancing that upsets Kate?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Dancing is a central metaphor in this play, and Michael ends the play with a monologue about what dance meant to him. Compare and contrast the effects of dance on him as a boy, when he is frightened by the wild, strange behavior of his family members as they dance, with his reflections on dance at the end of the play.

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