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. How does Chris feel about her job?

2. Where are Agnes and Rose when Michael finds them?

3. What work do Rose and Agnes do after they leave Ballybeg?

4. When Uncle Jack says "we," to whom does he refer?

5. When does Uncle Jack die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What phrase did Kate hit upon that comforted her as she tried to understand Uncle Jack's changed attitude toward life since his stay in Ryanda?

2. What does Uncle Jack reveal about his relationship to Okawa when he speaks about his time in Uganda?

3. Why might Agnes have believed Rose could not get work in the factory?

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

5. How does Rose trick Agnes and get away from her?

6. 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?

7. What news does Rose bring her family about the boy who was burned during the Lughnasa fires?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Maggie asks riddles of young Michael, and he never offers any possible answers, even when she chides him for being stupid. In the end, she herself has forgotten the answer to the riddle she poses. Analyze the playwright's use of riddles in this way. What do you think he is trying to say about Maggie? About Michael? About life?

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