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. What deal does Michael Rowen make with the Cherokee warriors Dragging Canoe and Taskwan in Play One, Masters of the Trade?

2. What does the Indian woman try to hit Michael Rowen with in Scene Two of The Courtship of Morning Star?

3. What does Jed do when Talbert asks for his help in getting off the battle field in Play Five?

4. Why does Jed initially resist Richard's arguments about joining the war?

5. What is Michael Rowen's country of origin?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do the union and the mining company have to share responsibility for the mining accident at the end of Play Eight?

3. Who is Mother Jones in Play Seven?

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. Describe Jed Rowen's dream at the beginning of Play Five, God's Great Supper.

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

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. 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?

9. Discuss how J.T. fascinates Mary Anne Rowen in Play Six, Tall Tales.

10. Why does Tommy attack J.T. in Scene Three of Play Six and what is Mary Anne's response when he does?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Revenge 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 revenge in each one. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Dreams are a recurring motif throughout The Kentucky Cycle. Cite three examples from the text of the use of this motif and discuss what you think it represents in each example.

Essay Topic 3

The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkhan begins during the rugged frontier era. What do you think Schenkkan is saying about frontier life and the men and women who find our country through the frontier-era plays: Play One, Masters of the Trade; Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star; and Play Three, The Homecoming? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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