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 does Ezekiel find hiding under the Rowen porch and overhearing his conversation with Jed about killing Richard?

2. 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?

3. In the prologue of Play Six, who stands off to the side while 14-year-old Mary Anne Rowen sits at the creek?

4. What do Rebecca Talbert and Patrick Rowen want to do?

5. In Play Four, to whom does Patrick Rowen owe money now that his bank folds?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss Joshua's dream at the beginning of Play Nine and what it symbolizes.

5. Mary Anne Rowen tells Joshua at the end of Play Seven that the union is now his family. In what ways is the coal miners' union like a family to the miners?

6. How does the mining accident in Scene Nine of Play Seven influence Mary Anne's opinion about the union?

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Why does Joshua hesitate to sell his property in Play Nine and is this how he always feels or is it indicative of a change in his character?

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

Trace the relationship of the Talbert family with the Rowen family through The Kentucky Cycle, starting with Joe and Rebecca Talbert and ending with James Talbert Winston. Are the two families at peace by the end of the cycle? Why or why not? 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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