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

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

3. In Play Five, who does Ezekiel find hiding under the Rowen porch and overhearing his conversation with Jed about killing Richard?

4. What cities does J.T. claim to visit in Play Six?

5. How long after the first play does the second play, The Courtship of Morning Star, take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What deal does Tommy make with Andrew in Scene Eight of Play Seven and why does he make it?

3. Who is Mother Jones in Play Seven?

4. What is the significance of a wolf howl occurring both at the beginning of The Kentucky Cycle in Play One and at the end of the Kentucky Cycle in Play Nine?

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

6. What is the significance of Morning Star's failure to tell her son about her visits to Joe Talbert?

7. Is there any evidence that Morning Star's marriage to Michael Rowen is any happier in Play Three, The Homecoming, than it is in Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star?

8. What is the significance of the pock marks on Morning Star's skin in Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star?

9. Explain the significance of the title of Play Six, Tall Tales.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Kentucky Cycle contains a number of instances of foreshadowing. Cite three examples of foreshadowing in the plays and how it is used to indicate events to come.

Essay Topic 2

The land motivates members of the Rowen family from Michael Rowen in Play One to Joshua Rowen in Play Nine. Discuss the relationship of the Rowens and their land and how this relationship parallels the history of the coal industry in the state of Kentucky. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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