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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 is the only thing Ezekiel Rowen takes from the Talbert home at the end of Play Five?
(a) Richard Talbert's Colt pistols.
(b) Talbert's military sword.
(c) A Bible.
(d) The gold pocket watch that is once his father Patrick's.

2. In Play Five, how does Randall's father, Richard, punish the boy for running away?
(a) He makes Randall work the fields with the sharecroppers.
(b) He makes Randall tend the family mules.
(c) He whips Randall's hand and sends him home.
(d) He withholds Randall's monthly allowance.

3. In what year does Play Five, God's Great Supper, take place?
(a) 1768.
(b) 1500.
(c) 1861.
(d) 2000.

4. Who does Jed shoot with Richard Talbert's pistol in Play Five?
(a) Ezekiel.
(b) A slave.
(c) A Union soldier.
(d) Talbert.

5. What happens in Lawrenceburg, Kansas in Play Five, God's Great Supper?
(a) Talbert gets shot.
(b) Jed falls in love with a Yankee girl.
(c) Jed watches as Quantrill executes innocent civilians.
(d) Jed gets captured by the Yankees.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is wresting as Play Four, Ties That Bind, opens?

2. Why does Richard want Jed to join his troops?

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

4. What does the prologue in Play Six, Tall Tales, discuss?

5. Why does Jed initially resist Richard's arguments about joining the war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What does Michael Rowen claim his life is like prior to coming to Kentucky?

4. Discuss Joshua's dream at the beginning of Play Nine and what it symbolizes.

5. Why doesn't Joshua want the miners to walk out of the unsafe Blue Star Mine in Play Eight?

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

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

8. Explain the significance of the fact that Earl Tod speaks Cherokee in Play One, Masters of the Trade, when he first hears someone approaching him from the woods.

9. 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?

10. What does Patrick Rowen tell Rebecca in Play Three, The Homecoming, that his father does to his baby sister?

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