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 does Morning Star dangle over her baby son at the end of Scene Six of The Courtship of Morning Star?

2. In Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star, what does Michael Rowen want now that he is prosperous?

3. What is the only thing Ezekiel Rowen takes from the Talbert home at the end of Play Five?

4. In Play Five, who heads the wrong way, while riding out to Bowling Green when Talbert's army first heads off to battle?

5. What is Mary Anne's relationship with Tommy Jackson in Play Six?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are Mary Anne and Tommy willing to take Abe Steinman in as a boarder, even though he is a stranger and involved with the union?

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

4. How do the stories J.T. tells at supper in Scene Two of Play Six, Tall Tales, indicate he does not always tell the truth.

5. Why does Lana want to break off her affair with Joshua?

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

7. 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.

8. What is the significance of the pock marks on Morning Star's skin in Play Two, The Courtship of Morning Star?

9. At the beginning of Play Six, Tall Tales, why is Mary Anne Rowen reminiscing about how beautiful and colorful spring is in the Kentucky mountains?

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

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

Several murders occur in The Kentucky Cycle. Discuss Michael Rowen's murder of Sam, Patrick Rowen's murders of Michael Rowen and Joe Talbert, and Jed Rowen's murder of Richard Talbert. What motivates each of these killings and what theme(s) or lesson(s) do you think the author is trying to convey through these incidents? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Show how the relationship of coal miners and the mining companies for which they work changes over the years in The Kentucky Cycle. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments and be sure to trace the industry from Play Six, Tall Tales, to Joshua Rowen's experiences in Play Nine, The War on Poverty.

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