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 long has Uncle Jack been gone?

2. Where is Bernie O'Donnell's husband from?

3. Which of the sisters is first to stop work and dance to the radio music?

4. Why is Michael disappointed in Uncle Jack?

5. What does Chris want Michael to believe about his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Agnes blows Michael a kiss, she says it was the wrong thing to do. Why would it be the wrong thing to do?

3. What does Maggie release for Michael to see?

4. How does Kate feel about Michael, and how can you tell?

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

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

7. Why do you think the playwright chose to have adult Michael speak the lines of child Michael instead of having two actors?

8. What does Chris wear during the sisters' dancing that upsets Kate?

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

10. What does Maggie mean when she tells Michael that someday he's going to fill some woman's life with happiness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At different times in the play, every character dances except for Michael. Select two of the characters and analyze the dance of each. What does their dance mean? What does the dance tell the audience about the character? If you select Michael as one of the characters, explain why you think he is the only one who does not dance.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Gerry Evans' character is in many ways an act. He pretends to be a salesman, but can't sell. He pretends to be fighting for a noble cause in Spain, but doesn't know for sure what that cause is. In Michael's last glimpse of him, he is imitating Fred Astaire. After his father's war injury, Michael tells us that Gerry Evans cherished the "role" of wounded war veteran. Analyze Gerry Evans' role as almost a husband, and almost a father. Do you see him as evil and harmful? Do you see him as helpless and hopeless? Is there a tragic flaw in his character - or several? If so, what are they?

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