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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the prologue of Play Six, who stands off to the side while 14-year-old Mary Anne Rowen sits at the creek?
(a) Michael Rowen.
(b) The adult Mary Anne.
(c) Morning Star Rowen.
(d) Jed Rowen.

2. What is Mary Anne's relationship with Tommy Jackson in Play Six?
(a) Tommy is her friend.
(b) Tommy is her cousin.
(c) Tommy is her brother.
(d) Tommy is her boyfriend.

3. Who does Michael Rowen bring back from Louisville with him in Play Three, The Homecoming?
(a) A British soldier.
(b) A doctor.
(c) A black female slave.
(d) His Irish mother.

4. What arrangement does Jeremiah make with Patrick in Play Four for payment of Patrick's debts?
(a) Jeremiah takes half the Rowen land, not all of it.
(b) Jeremiah pays the debts in full for Patrick.
(c) Patrick must sharecrop the land he once owns.
(d) Jeremiah accepts Patrick's slaves as payment in full.

5. Once Jed agrees to join the Confederate Army with Richard and Richard leaves, what do Ezekiel and Jed reveal?
(a) They poisen Richard's wells.
(b) Jed gets one of Richard's daughters pregnant.
(c) They plan for Jed to join the Army to kill Richard.
(d) They can't repay their debts and are fleeing Kentucky.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Michael Rowen want now that he is prosperous?

2. If Patrick Rowen scratches his head before sending Zeke and Zach to the house during the court's visit, what are Zeke and Zach to do?

3. When Patrick Rowen tells his father he wants to marry Rebecca Talbert, how does Michael Rowen react?

4. Which Talberts survive the attack on their home in Play Five?

5. When Tommy confronts him in Chapter Six, who does J.T. say he comes to visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there any evidence in the text to suggest that the miners and Andrew know that Joshua Rowen is underage when he starts working at the mine in Scene Eight of Play Seven?

2. What is the significance of Morning Star's failure to tell her son about her visits to Joe Talbert?

3. What is Scotty's tragic flaw?

4. At the beginning of Play Seven, what is wrong with Mary Anne's son, Joshua, and how is Mary Anne coping with it?

5. What does the incident with the train in Scene Eleven of Play Seven indicate about the conflict between the coal miners and the mining company?

6. Discuss the significance of the title of Play Seven, Fire in the Hole, both literally and figuratively.

7. Explain how Scene Three of Play Eight reflects the civil rights movement occurring in America during the mid-1950s when the play is set.

8. Why doesn't Tommy Jackson trust J.T. in Scene One of Play Six, Tall Tales?

9. How do the stories J.T. tells at supper in Scene Two of Play Six, Tall Tales, indicate he does not always tell the truth.

10. Explain the significance of the title of Play Six, Tall Tales.

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