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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. Who is the joker of the Mundy family?

2. What does the Donegal Enquirer call Uncle Jack?

3. What does Danny Bradley call Rose?

4. What does Chris hear that Gerry Evans is doing in Dublin?

5. What infuriates Kate about Gerry Evans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What phrase did Kate hit upon that comforted her as she tried to understand Uncle Jack's changed attitude toward life since his stay in Ryanda?

4. What does Maggie recollect about Bernie?

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

6. What significance do you make of the fact that the recruiter who enlists Gerry Evans in the war effort is, unnoticed by Gerry Evans until after he is writing his name, a midget?

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

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

9. Where did Gerry Evans sign up for military service, and why is that location significant?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Rose is lost, the hierarchy within the group of sisters changes. Who is usually in charge and who takes over during the emergency? Using quotations from the play, explain this dynamic and tell why you think the change took place.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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