Dancing at Lughnasa Test | Final 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 does Rose say happened to the boy who was burned at the Lughnasa festival?

2. What is the first step in swapping possessions in Uncle Jack's village in Uganda?

3. How does Uncle Jack feel about multiple wives for one husband?

4. How many children does Gerry Evans have besides Michael?

5. What role does Gerry Evans love to play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Michael writing to ask Santa Claus to bring, and why is the gift he wants significant?

2. When Uncle Jack hears wedding bells, he asks if it is one of his sisters who is getting married. Who is actually marrying?

3. What does it tell you about Gerry Evans that he says he will check the ignition and sparking plugs of the radio?

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. 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?

6. Where did Gerry Evans sign up for military service, and why is that location significant?

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

8. How does Maggie make a joke of the small amount of food they have?

9. How is the Ryangan harvest festival described by Uncle Jack similar to the festival of Lughansa?

10. What is it that Kate asks Uncle Jack to promise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Uncle Jack has paid a heavy cost in both body and mind to serve the lepers in Ryanga. He has also learned different ways of looking at the world than he had when he left Ireland. Do you see his character as a failure? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What irony do you see in the fact that Kate eventually finds work as a tutor for Austin Morgan's young family? Explain whether this is an example of situational or dramatic irony and why you think so (or do not think so).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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