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. Why does Rose laugh at Agnes while they are picking berries?

2. When does Chris say Michael always vanishes?

3. Why does Maggie claim that Michael owes her money?

4. What does Michael say is found in dancing?

5. How many eggs does Maggie have to feed the people over for dinner in Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. There are important facts about the Spanish Civil War that Gerry Evans does not understand. One is that the Popular Front represents a Fascist, rather than a Republican, government. The other is that the Popular Front is anti-Catholic. How is this ignorance on his part ironic?

2. What do you make of the kites as a symbol or metaphor, and of the fact that they wouldn't fly?

3. What does Uncle Jack reveal about his ministry in Ryanga when Kate asks if the people gather together for Mass?

4. How does the Industrial Revolution affect the lives of the Mundy sisters?

5. Why did Kate believe Agnes could not work in a factory?

6. The recruiter tells Gerry Evans that he is invaluable to the brigade because he is a master at disguising himself. How does this revelation relate to the false impression he has given to Gerry Evans?

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

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

9. How does Rose describe her encounter with Danny Bradley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The playwright, Brian Friel, uses the character Michael to tell the audience the eventual fate of the characters before the play itself is finished. How did knowing where the characters' actions would lead them affect you as a reader? Did you find it an effective dramatic device?

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

What difference does the fate of the Sweeney boy, who was burned in the festival of Lughnasa, make to the story? Cite what was believed to have happened and what actually happened. Why do you think this detail is included in the play? Is the boy a metaphor? If so, what does he represent?

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