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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 Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Rowen plan to do if Morning Star has a girl instead of a boy when she delivers the baby she is expecting?
(a) Sell the child as an indentured servant.
(b) Leave the baby girl on a mountain to die.
(c) Send the child to live with the Indians.
(d) Celebrate the girl's birth with a big party.

2. What is Michael Rowen's country of origin?
(a) France.
(b) Scotland.
(c) Ireland.
(d) England.

3. In Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Michael Rowen claim he does when he is just seven years old?
(a) Kill his first man.
(b) Go to jail.
(c) Become an indentured servant.
(d) Rob a merchant.

4. What do Rebecca Talbert and Patrick Rowen want to do?
(a) Build a house.
(b) Start a business.
(c) Learn to speak Cherokee.
(d) Get married.

5. In Play Five, who heads the wrong way, while riding out to Bowling Green when Talbert's army first heads off to battle?
(a) William Clarke Quantrill.
(b) Jed Rowen.
(c) Ezekiel Rowen.
(d) Richard Talbert.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Morning Star's leg in Scene Five of The Courtship of Morning Star?

2. When Jed returns home at the end of Play Five, what do he and his father and friends do?

3. In Play One, Masters of the Trade, in what language does Earl Tod initially speak?

4. Why is Randall Talbert running away in Play Five?

5. Who does Michael Rowen order to bathe him when he returns home from Louisville in Play Three, The Homecoming?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does J.T. talk Jed Rowen into selling in Scene Two of Play Six and does Jed fully understand what he is selling?

2. Mary Anne Rowen tells Joshua at the end of Play Seven that the union is now his family. In what ways is the coal miners' union like a family to the miners?

3. What is the significance of Morning Star's statement in Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, that her baby is "born with teeth"?

4. From where does Joshua get the Rowen gold watch in Play Nine, what does he do with it and what do his actions symbolize?

5. Discuss how Tommy helps Abe get hired at the mines in Scene Two of Play Seven.

6. Discuss Richard Talbert's attempt in Play Five, God's Great Supper, to persuade Jed Rowen to resolve their family differences.

7. What does the infected blanket Michael Rowen gives the Indians in Play One, Masters of the Trade, symbolize?

8. Who is the old man Jeremiah summons from the woods at the end of Play Four, Ties That Bind, and what does he want?

9. How is Ezekiel Rowen's nickname of Preacher ironic?

10. Do things improve for the coal miners between the formation of the union in 1920 and Joshua Rowen's speech in Union Hall in 1954 at the beginning of Play Eight?

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