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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. What happens to Joe Talbert, Star's lover, at the end of Play Three, The Homecoming?
(a) He runs off with Star.
(b) Patrick shoots him to avoid hanging or going to jail.
(c) He becomes wealthy.
(d) He gets typhoid fever.

2. Why does Jed initially resist Richard's arguments about joining the war?
(a) He fears getting shot.
(b) He wants to be a preacher and doesn't want to kill anyone.
(c) He says it's a rich man's war and he's not rich.
(d) He can't afford a uniform.

3. When Talbert and his men retreat to the river during their first battle in Play Five, what happens to Talbert?
(a) He falls and breaks his ankle.
(b) He is wounded by a Union bullet.
(c) He is captured by a Union lieutenant.
(d) He develops dysentery.

4. In Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Michael Rowen want now that he is prosperous?
(a) A stable of thoroughbred horses.
(b) A wife and family.
(c) A fancy wardrobe.
(d) A big house.

5. When Patrick Rowen and his father Michael argue in Play Three, The Homecoming, what does Star deliberately do to Michael in his bath?
(a) Freezes him with cold water.
(b) Scalds him with hot water.
(c) Tries to drown him.
(d) Puts soap in his eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Play One, Masters of the Trade, how does Michael Rowen say he injures his ankle?

2. In Play Five, who does Ezekiel find hiding under the Rowen porch and overhearing his conversation with Jed about killing Richard?

3. What is Michael Rowen's country of origin?

4. In Play Four, what does Patrick Rowen ask Jessie to do with the circuit court's mules, if any shooting occurs during the court's visit?

5. In what does the narrator of the prologue in Play Six no longer believe ?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Michael Rowen mean when he tells Morning Star he learns early that blood is the "coin of the realm"?

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

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

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

6. What deal does Tommy make with Andrew in Scene Eight of Play Seven and why does he make it?

7. What thought does Morning Star think she and her newborn son share?

8. In Play Four, Ties That Bind, why does Patrick Rowen seem to favor his younger son, Zach, over his older son, Zeke?

9. How does Jed's dream change at the end of Play Five, God's Great Supper, from what it is at the beginning of the play?

10. From where does Tommy take the Rowen family pocket watch in Scene Eight of Play Seven and with what is the pocket watch always associated?

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