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. In Scene Five of The Courtship of Morning Star, what one thought does Morning Star think she and her infant son share?

2. In Play Three, The Homecoming, what does Patrick Rowen do to his father Michael during their argument while Michael bathes?

3. 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?

4. What is Earl Tod's country of origin?

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. 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?

2. Which Talberts does Jed let live when his family attacks the Talbert homestead in Play Five, God's Great Supper?

3. 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?

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

5. Describe the mining incident with Mackie in Scene One of Play Seven.

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

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

8. What is Scotty's tragic flaw?

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. Why does Tommy want to hire the preacher to produce a fake birth certificate in Scene Seven of Play Seven, even though Mary Anne can produce Joshua's true birth certificate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Show how the relationship of coal miners and the mining companies for which they work changes over the years in The Kentucky Cycle. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments and be sure to trace the industry from Play Six, Tall Tales, to Joshua Rowen's experiences in Play Nine, The War on Poverty.

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

Discuss the treatment of women in The Kentucky Cycle. Do the men in the plays treat the women as equals or do they try to dominate them? Does the treatment of women change over the course of the cycles? Cite at least three examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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