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 word does Kate use to describe Michael?

2. What work does Kate find after leaving her teaching job?

3. What does Gerry Evans offer Chris during each annual visit?

4. What language does the recruiter for the Spanish army speak?

5. What does Uncle Jack think is good about the multiple-wife system?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Kate believe Agnes could not work in a factory?

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

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

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

5. What does it tell you about Gerry Evans that he says he will check the ignition and sparking plugs of the radio?

6. How does Rose trick Agnes and get away from her?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 music of the 1930s has an important role in this play, as it had on the characters' lives. Analyze what you think the playwright was showing us, the audience, with the use of "Anything Goes" and "Dancing in the Dark." Listen to these once-popular songs on the Internet before writing about them, as a great deal more than the title is to be learned from them.

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