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. Where are Agnes and Rose when Michael finds them?

2. Which sister does Gerry Evans dance with first?

3. What does Rose wear that is unusual for berry picking?

4. Why can't Vera McLaughlin work in the new factory?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What has changed about Rose's appearance when she comes home from her meeting with Danny Bradley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Ceremonies are important in this story. Select two of the ceremonies that are described or enacted to compare and contrast. Possibilities might be the silent dance "wedding" of Chris and Gerry Evans, the exchange of hats between Uncle Jack and Gerry Evans, the wild Irish dancing of the five sisters, the Ryangan ceremonies to celebrate the harvest, or the festival of Lughnasa itself.

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