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

2. How many years after Play Two does Play Three, The Homecoming, take place?

3. When Jed returns home at the end of Play Five, what do he and his father and friends do?

4. What happens to Star at the end of Play Three, The Homecoming?

5. In what does the narrator of the prologue in Play Six no longer believe ?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the beginning of Play Seven, what is wrong with Mary Anne's son, Joshua, and how is Mary Anne coping with it?

3. What kind of soldier is Richard Talbert once he gets to the battle field in Play Five, God's Great Supper?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Why are Mary Anne and Tommy willing to take Abe Steinman in as a boarder, even though he is a stranger and involved with the union?

8. Do things improve for the coal miners between the formation of the union in 1920 and Joshua Rowen's speech in Union Hall in 1954 at the beginning of Play Eight?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Rowen family's gold pocket watch is 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.

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