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 Chris think is wrong with the radio?

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

3. Where does Gerry Evans sign up to join the Spanish army?

4. How many people are at the house for dinner in Act 2?

5. Why does Rose laugh at Agnes while they are picking berries?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Maggie make a joke of the small amount of food they have?

2. What significance can we attach to Uncle Jack's declaration that he is cold all the time?

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

4. How did Michael behave as his father, Gerry Evans, had done?

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Rose is lost, the hierarchy within the group of sisters changes. Who is usually in charge and who takes over during the emergency? Using quotations from the play, explain this dynamic and tell why you think the change took place.

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 passage of time is a theme in this story. When Maggie says, "Lughnasa's almost over, girls. There aren't going to be many warm evenings left." She may be talking of more than the weather for that season. Based on what you learn of future events, what are the "warm evenings," and how are they lost?

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