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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 Maggie think Michael should do instead of write?
2. What is unusual about the recruiter of which Gerry Evans learns as he writes his name?
3. What does Gerry Evans promise Michael during each annual visit?
4. How does Chris feel about her job?
5. What work does Kate find after leaving her teaching job?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Michael writing to ask Santa Claus to bring, and why is the gift he wants significant?
2. How does Rose trick Agnes and get away from her?
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. Why does Gerry Evans decide to go to war in a foreign country?
5. What does Uncle Jack reveal about his ministry in Ryanga when Maggie asks if the people there gathered in his church for ceremonies?
6. What has changed about Rose's appearance when she comes home from her meeting with Danny Bradley?
7. How does Rose describe her encounter with Danny Bradley?
8. What do you make of the kites as a symbol or metaphor, and of the fact that they wouldn't fly?
9. What significance do you make of the fact that the recruiter who enlists Gerry Evans in the war effort is, unnoticed by Gerry Evans until after he is writing his name, a midget?
10. How does Maggie make a joke of the small amount of food they have?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you make of the fact that Michael is often not to be found when the other characters call for him? Cite the passages where they discuss his disappearance when he is needed. Is this a foreshadowing device? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The playwright, Brian Friel, uses the character Michael to tell the audience the eventual fate of the characters before the play itself is finished. How did knowing where the characters' actions would lead them affect you as a reader? Did you find it an effective dramatic device?
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