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 Play Five, who heads the wrong way, while riding out to Bowling Green when Talbert's army first heads off to battle?

2. What is the name of the tree under which Mary Anne's great-great-grandfather, Michael Rowen, buys his land from the Indians?

3. In Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Michael Rowen want now that he is prosperous?

4. Once Jed agrees to join the Confederate Army with Richard and Richard leaves, what do Ezekiel and Jed reveal?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jeremiah's motivation for wanting control of Patrick Rowen's land?

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 happens when Jed tells Mary Anne the truth about the contract he persuaded her father to sign in Scene Three of Play Six?

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

5. Why does Tommy attack J.T. in Scene Three of Play Six and what is Mary Anne's response when he does?

6. What do Taskwan's statement that the land Michael Rowen wants is cursed and Dragging Canoe's statement that the land is dark and bloody in Play One, Masters of the Trade foreshadow?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select three plays from The Kentucky Cycle. Discuss how the titles of the plays relate to the plots and characters in each play. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Freedom and independence 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 freedom and independence in each one. Does the historical era of a play limit or expand the freedom of women or minorities from what it is in previous or subsequent plays? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Michael Rowen, Patrick Rowen, and Joshua Rowen in The Kentucky Cycle. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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