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 long does it take Michael to find Agnes and Rose?

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

3. What does Chris want Gerry Evans to do for the family?

4. What does Maggie say she would choose if she had to select either a plump old widower or one Wild Woodbine?

5. How long has Rose been gone when the sisters realize she is missing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What phrase did Kate hit upon that comforted her as she tried to understand Uncle Jack's changed attitude toward life since his stay in Ryanda?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The fox is an important metaphor in this play. If the family of women is the hen house, who is the fox? How many of the women have had unsuccessful relationships with men? List and explain each and develop your own thesis for why each situation ended unhappily.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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