Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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?
Analyze what it means to you that young Michael's kites have faces that are cruel and grinning, and that they are not able to fly. Why do you think the playwright put this element into his play? What do these kites tell you about young Michael's feelings toward the women in his family? Toward life in general?
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