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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. Once Jed agrees to join the Confederate Army with Richard and Richard leaves, what do Ezekiel and Jed reveal?
(a) They can't repay their debts and are fleeing Kentucky.
(b) Jed gets one of Richard's daughters pregnant.
(c) They plan for Jed to join the Army to kill Richard.
(d) They poisen Richard's wells.
2. What happens to Star at the end of Play Three, The Homecoming?
(a) She marries Joe Talbert.
(b) She gets a new horse.
(c) Patrick orders her off his land and she vows to see him hang.
(d) Patrick shoots her.
3. What does Earl Tod do before he offers Michael Rowen food and water?
(a) He offers Rowen whiskey.
(b) He introduces Rowen to Sam.
(c) He knocks Rowen down and searches him for weapons.
(d) He demands money for his hospitality.
4. In Play Three, The Homecoming, what does Patrick Rowen do to his father Michael during their argument while Michael bathes?
(a) Stabs him to death.
(b) Drowns him.
(c) Hits him with his fists.
(d) Scalds him with hot water.
5. When Jed returns home at the end of Play Five, what do he and his father and friends do?
(a) Attack the Talbert home, burning and killing.
(b) Switch sides and fight for the Yankees.
(c) Go into hiding from Sherman's Yankee army.
(d) Have a celebratory dinner.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who makes up what Jed calls Talbert's army in Play Five, God's Great Supper?
2. What does Michael Rowen say he wants when he appears at Earl Tod's campfire in Play One?
3. What does Michael Rowen take from Earl Tod's belongings after Tod's death?
4. Who does Michael Rowen bring back from Louisville with him in Play Three, The Homecoming?
5. Why does Jed initially resist Richard's arguments about joining the war?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of a wolf howl occurring both at the beginning of The Kentucky Cycle in Play One and at the end of the Kentucky Cycle in Play Nine?
2. Why does Jed Rowen agree to join the Confederate Army with Richard Talbert?
3. 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?
4. In Play Eight, in what ways does Scotty's experience in the Korean War seem to influence his opinions about the mining company and the union?
5. What does Michael Rowen mean when he tells Morning Star he learns early that blood is the "coin of the realm"?
6. Describe the mining incident with Mackie in Scene One of Play Seven.
7. 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.
8. What is Jeremiah's motivation for wanting control of Patrick Rowen's land?
9. Explain how Scene Three of Play Eight reflects the civil rights movement occurring in America during the mid-1950s when the play is set.
10. Discuss Richard Talbert's attempt in Play Five, God's Great Supper, to persuade Jed Rowen to resolve their family differences.
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