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 do Agnes and Rose agree to do next Sunday?

2. Why does Kate think Agnes and Rose did not apply to work in the knitting factory?

3. Which sister does Gerry Evans dance with first?

4. Why is Gerry Evans in the tree in Act 2?

5. When does Gerry Evans stop visiting the Mundys?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Who does Maggie forget to count when she is calculating people they must feed for dinner?

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

7. 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?

8. How does Uncle Jack reveal that the Ryangans have not been converted to Christianity by his efforts?

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

10. What has Rose forgotten when she comes home from her meeting with Danny Bradley?

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

Compare and contrast the Ryangan idea of marriage with what Kate calls the "holy sacrament of matrimony." Judging from the main characters and their romantic relationships, make a statement comparing the costs and benefits of both kinds of marriage. Cite quotations from the play to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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