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 soon does Kate predict Gerry Evans will come back?

2. What do the characters call movies?

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

4. What does Gerry Evans think the radio is when he hears it?

5. Which of the sisters dances alone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Maggie notice about the pack of cigarettes Kate brought her, and why is it significant?

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

3. Why did Kate believe Agnes could not work in a factory?

4. What does Agnes mean when she asks Chris, "Do you want to make a pagan of yourself?"

5. Maggie asks Michael a riddle about the apples on a tree. What might those apples symbolize?

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

7. What news does Rose bring her family about the boy who was burned during the Lughnasa fires?

8. How does Rose trick Agnes and get away from her?

9. Why do you think the parish priest doesn't want to look Kate in the eye since Uncle Jack came home?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Uncle Jack's uniform is an important symbol in this story. Analyze the appearance of his uniform in the mind's eye of young Michael and the rest of his family, and the appearance of his uniform at the end. What does the change represent? How has the family's view of Uncle Jack changed after he has been home for a few weeks?

Essay Topic 2

The fox is an important metaphor in this play. If the family of women is the hen house, who is the fox? How many of the women have had unsuccessful relationships with men? List and explain each and develop your own thesis for why each situation ended unhappily.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Ryangan idea of marriage with what Kate calls the "holy sacrament of matrimony." Judging from the main characters and their romantic relationships, make a statement comparing the costs and benefits of both kinds of marriage. Cite quotations from the play to support your thesis.

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