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 does Chris heat the iron for their clothes?

2. To what tune do Gerry Evans and Chris dance?

3. How does Michael scare Maggie?

4. What does Chris do that Kate thinks sacrilegious?

5. Why does Maggie worry when Michael can't be seen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do you think the opening tableau shows Uncle Jack in his "resplendent" uniform, which is out of place in the play's action?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What significance does Austin Morgan have in this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The music of the 1930s has an important role in this play, as it had on the characters' lives. Analyze what you think the playwright was showing us, the audience, with the use of "Anything Goes" and "Dancing in the Dark." Listen to these once-popular songs on the Internet before writing about them, as a great deal more than the title is to be learned from them.

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