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. Why is Rebecca Talbert unhappy with Patrick Rowen at the beginning of Play Three, The Homecoming?

2. When Patrick Rowen and his father Michael argue in Play Three, The Homecoming, what does Star deliberately do to Michael in his bath?

3. In Play Five, who does Ezekiel find hiding under the Rowen porch and overhearing his conversation with Jed about killing Richard?

4. How old is Patrick Rowen in Play Five?

5. Why does Richard tell Jed they should bury their differences?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Jed tells Mary Anne the truth about the contract he persuaded her father to sign in Scene Three of Play Six?

2. 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?

3. Discuss Richard Talbert's attempt in Play Five, God's Great Supper, to persuade Jed Rowen to resolve their family differences.

4. From where does Joshua get the Rowen gold watch in Play Nine, what does he do with it and what do his actions symbolize?

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

6. What does Michael Rowen claim his life is like prior to coming to Kentucky?

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

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

9. Who is the old man Jeremiah summons from the woods at the end of Play Four, Ties That Bind, and what does he want?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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