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 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

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 boy Michael compares his parents' silent dancing together to a ritual ceremony like a wedding, and says that after Gerry Evans leaves, his mother grieves as a bride would grieve. Compare and contrast the relationship between Gerry Evans and Chris with a real marriage.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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