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

2. Why does Maggie claim that Michael owes her money?

3. Who is Gerry Evans imitating when he leaves Ballybeg?

4. What is Michael writing to ask from Santa Claus?

5. What household task does Maggie take from Agnes during Lughnasa?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What news does Rose bring her family about the boy who was burned during the Lughnasa fires?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze what it means to you that young Michael's kites have faces that are cruel and grinning, and that they are not able to fly. Why do you think the playwright put this element into his play? What do these kites tell you about young Michael's feelings toward the women in his family? Toward life in general?

Essay Topic 3

The radio, "Marconi," has "killed all Christian conversation in this country," according to Kate. It has certainly had a powerful effect on the lives of the Mundy family. Analyze the effect of the radio on the lives of this family. Use examples from the script in your analysis.

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