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. When Jed Rowen tells his father that Randall Talbert is just a kid in Play Five, how does Ezekiel respond?

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

3. What does the Indian woman try to hit Michael Rowen with in Scene Two of The Courtship of Morning Star?

4. When Tommy confronts him in Chapter Six, who does J.T. say he comes to visit?

5. Why does J.T. claim he is saving Mary Anne's life or at least her soul?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. Why does Jed Rowen agree to join the Confederate Army with Richard Talbert?

4. Explain how Jeremiah's name foreshadows the fate of the Rowen family in Play Four, Ties That Bind.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Scotty's tragic flaw?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several murders occur in The Kentucky Cycle. Discuss Michael Rowen's murder of Sam, Patrick Rowen's murders of Michael Rowen and Joe Talbert, and Jed Rowen's murder of Richard Talbert. What motivates each of these killings and what theme(s) or lesson(s) do you think the author is trying to convey through these incidents? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Revenge is one of the themes in The Kentucky Cycle. Pick any three of the plays in the book and discuss what you think the author is trying to say about revenge in each one. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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