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 the Mundy family use as fuel for the stove?

2. In what year does Dancing at Lughnasa take place?

3. What does the storekeeper say the Mundys go through faster than anyone in Ballybeg?

4. How does Jack feel about the Ballybeg climate?

5. How does Kate think children should be named?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. From what does Kate struggle to protect her home when they joke about naming the radio?

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

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

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

9. What reasons does Kate use for refusing to go to the harvest dance?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The passage of time is a theme in this story. When Maggie says, "Lughnasa's almost over, girls. There aren't going to be many warm evenings left." She may be talking of more than the weather for that season. Based on what you learn of future events, what are the "warm evenings," and how are they lost?

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