Dancing at Lughnasa Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Rose is described as "simple," yet she is the one who informs the family about goings-on in the village and in the world around them. How do you imagine that she gets this information, and what does it tell you about her and the way the family views her? Use examples from the play to explore Rose's character. Do her sisters understand her? Does she understand them? Why or why not?

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