Dancing at Lughnasa Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 superstition does Maggie believe?

2. Why does Kate ask God to forgive her?

3. What do the Mundy sisters name their radio?

4. Who first proposes that the sisters go to the harvest dance?

5. What does Kate call vulgar language?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rose describe her encounter with Danny Bradley?

2. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

3. Why do you think young Michael felt unease rather than amusement or joy when his mother and aunts danced?

4. What does Uncle Jack reveal about his ministry in Ryanga when Maggie asks if the people there gathered in his church for ceremonies?

5. Who does Maggie forget to count when she is calculating people they must feed for dinner?

6. What significance can we attach to Uncle Jack's declaration that he is cold all the time?

7. How does the Industrial Revolution affect the lives of the Mundy sisters?

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

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

Essay 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

Ceremonies are important in this story. Select two of the ceremonies that are described or enacted to compare and contrast. Possibilities might be the silent dance "wedding" of Chris and Gerry Evans, the exchange of hats between Uncle Jack and Gerry Evans, the wild Irish dancing of the five sisters, the Ryangan ceremonies to celebrate the harvest, or the festival of Lughnasa itself.

Essay Topic 3

What difference does the fate of the Sweeney boy, who was burned in the festival of Lughnasa, make to the story? Cite what was believed to have happened and what actually happened. Why do you think this detail is included in the play? Is the boy a metaphor? If so, what does he represent?

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