The Kentucky Cycle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Schenkkan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Mary Anne's relationship with Tommy Jackson in Play Six?

2. In what year is Play One, Masters of the Trade, set?

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

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

5. What does Morning Star dangle over her baby son at the end of Scene Six of The Courtship of Morning Star?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the mining accident in Scene Nine of Play Seven influence Mary Anne's opinion about the union?

2. Why does Lana want to break off her affair with Joshua?

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

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

5. What evidence is there in Chapters Four to Seven of Play Seven that Tommy Jackson is not interested in supporting a coal miners' union?

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. What character flaw do Patrick Rowen and his father Michael share and what dark act does it lead each of them to commit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trace Mary Anne Rowen's journey of transformation from downtrodden miner's wife to union activist and mythic figure. Is her role typical or atypical for women of her rural background in her era? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Dreams are a recurring motif throughout The Kentucky Cycle. Cite three examples from the text of the use of this motif and discuss what you think it represents in each example.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast three of the following African American characters from The Kentucky Cycle: Sallie Biggs, Jessie Biggs, Cassius Biggs, Sureta Biggs, and Franklin Biggs. Do the African American characters face different challenges than the Caucasian characters do throughout the cycle? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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