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The Kentucky Cycle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Schenkkan
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose raiders does Jed join after he leaves Talbert's army in Play Five?



2. How old are Rebecca Talbert and Patrick Rowen in Play Three, The Homecoming?



3. What secret does Jeremiah reveal at the end of Play Four, Ties That Bind?



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



5. What is the Cherokee term for Morning Star?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. What does J.T. talk Jed Rowen into selling in Scene Two of Play Six and does Jed fully understand what he is selling?



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



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



5. What evidence in Play Eight indicates that Margaret Rowen is an alcoholic?



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



7. Explain how Scene Three of Play Eight reflects the civil rights movement occurring in America during the mid-1950s when the play is set.



8. Describe Jed Rowen's dream at the beginning of Play Five, God's Great Supper.



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



10. What solution does Abe suggest in Scene Three of Play Seven for reducing Joshua's fever and what does he suggest Mary Anne do to prevent further such fevers?



Essay Topics

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.

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.

What character flaws and strengths do you see in the Rowen family through the generations depicted in The Kentucky Cycle? Select at least three characters from the nine plays and discuss how these flaws and strengths help or hinder the characters in dealing with the conflicts in their relationships and in their historical eras. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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