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. To whom does Maggie compare herself when she dances?

2. Who does Uncle Jack worship during Mass in Uganda?

3. What phrase comforts Kate when she thinks of Uncle Jack's pagan worship?

4. How old is Michael when he receives the letter from the other Michael Evans?

5. Why does Rose say she has to leave the berry picking early?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Gerry Evans decide to go to war in a foreign country?

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

6. Which of the sisters understands the politics of the Spanish Civil War?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Uncle Jack's uniform is an important symbol in this story. Analyze the appearance of his uniform in the mind's eye of young Michael and the rest of his family, and the appearance of his uniform at the end. What does the change represent? How has the family's view of Uncle Jack changed after he has been home for a few weeks?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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