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 Michael say haunts his memory of the thirties?

2. What does Chris do when Gerry Evans dances with Agnes and Maggie?

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

4. When does Gerry Evans stop visiting the Mundys?

5. What does Uncle Jack promise he'll do soon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fox is an important metaphor in this play. If the family of women is the hen house, who is the fox? How many of the women have had unsuccessful relationships with men? List and explain each and develop your own thesis for why each situation ended unhappily.

Essay Topic 2

Dancing is a central metaphor in this play, and Michael ends the play with a monologue about what dance meant to him. Compare and contrast the effects of dance on him as a boy, when he is frightened by the wild, strange behavior of his family members as they dance, with his reflections on dance at the end of the play.

Essay Topic 3

The boy Michael compares his parents' silent dancing together to a ritual ceremony like a wedding, and says that after Gerry Evans leaves, his mother grieves as a bride would grieve. Compare and contrast the relationship between Gerry Evans and Chris with a real marriage.

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