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. How long has Gerry Evans been away?

2. What is Kate's nickname at school?

3. Where is Bernie O'Donnell's husband from?

4. Where is Gerry Evans going?

5. What shame does Chris bring on the family years before?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 significance does Austin Morgan have in this story?

4. What does Maggie release for Michael to see?

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

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

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

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

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

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 character of Uncle Jack has paid a heavy cost in both body and mind to serve the lepers in Ryanga. He has also learned different ways of looking at the world than he had when he left Ireland. Do you see his character as a failure? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The radio, "Marconi," has "killed all Christian conversation in this country," according to Kate. It has certainly had a powerful effect on the lives of the Mundy family. Analyze the effect of the radio on the lives of this family. Use examples from the script in your analysis.

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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