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. Who is wresting as Play Four, Ties That Bind, opens?

2. When Patrick Rowen tells his father he wants to marry Rebecca Talbert, how does Michael Rowen react?

3. In what year is Play One, Masters of the Trade, set?

4. At the beginning of Scene One of Play Six, what does J.T. do while Mary Anne Rowen is at the stream?

5. In Play Four, what does Patrick Rowen ask Jessie to do with the circuit court's mules, if any shooting occurs during the court's visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the significance of the title of Play Seven, Fire in the Hole, both literally and figuratively.

2. What is Scotty's tragic flaw?

3. What does Michael Rowen mean when he tells Morning Star he learns early that blood is the "coin of the realm"?

4. Explain the significance of the fact that Earl Tod speaks Cherokee in Play One, Masters of the Trade, when he first hears someone approaching him from the woods.

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

7. What does Cassius Biggs experience in France during World War One and how does it compare with what he experiences in the United States upon his return?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Trace Mary Anne Rowen's journey of transformation from downtrodden miner's wife to union activist and mythic figure. Is her role typical or atypical for women of her rural background in her era? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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