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 does Rebecca Talbert tell Patrick Rowen his mother Star is visiting?

2. What happens to Joe Talbert, Star's lover, at the end of Play Three, The Homecoming?

3. In Play One, Masters of the Trade, how does Michael Rowen say he injures his ankle?

4. What does Patrick Rowen offer the fat judge upon his arrival in Play Four, Ties That Bind?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why doesn't Tommy Jackson trust J.T. in Scene One of Play Six, Tall Tales?

4. What solution does Abe suggest in Scene Three of Play Seven for reducing Joshua's fever and what does he suggest Mary Anne do to prevent further such fevers?

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

6. What is Scotty's tragic flaw?

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

8. In what ways does Jed's experience fighting with Quantrill parallel his experience fighting with his father against the Talberts?

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Pick three of the following marriages and compare and contrast the relationships: Lallie and Jed Rowen, Michael Rowen and Morning Star, Joshua and Margaret Rowen, and Mary Anne Rowen and Tommy Jackson. Do any of these relationships seem happy? What historical events or conflicts do some of these marriages reflect? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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