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, how does Randall's father, Richard, punish the boy for running away?

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

3. What happens to the Indian woman in Scene One of The Courtship of Morning Star?

4. Which Talberts survive the attack on their home in Play Five?

5. If Patrick Rowen scratches his head before sending Zeke and Zach to the house during the court's visit, what are Zeke and Zach to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which Talberts does Jed let live when his family attacks the Talbert homestead in Play Five, God's Great Supper?

2. What does J.T. talk Jed Rowen into selling in Scene Two of Play Six and does Jed fully understand what he is selling?

3. 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?

4. What character flaw do Patrick Rowen and his father Michael share and what dark act does it lead each of them to commit?

5. 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.

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

7. 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?

8. What does the infected blanket Michael Rowen gives the Indians in Play One, Masters of the Trade, symbolize?

9. Why does Tommy want to hire the preacher to produce a fake birth certificate in Scene Seven of Play Seven, even though Mary Anne can produce Joshua's true birth certificate?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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