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 Scene Two of The Courtship of Morning Star, why can't the Indian woman escape?

2. Who is wresting as Play Four, Ties That Bind, opens?

3. What is wrong with the blankets Michael Rowen gives Dragging Canoe and Taskwan?

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

5. When Tommy confronts him in Chapter Six, who does J.T. say he comes to visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the mining accident in Scene Nine of Play Seven influence Mary Anne's opinion about the union?

4. What does the incident with the train in Scene Eleven of Play Seven indicate about the conflict between the coal miners and the mining company?

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

6. 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?

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

8. What is the significance of a wolf howl occurring both at the beginning of The Kentucky Cycle in Play One and at the end of the Kentucky Cycle in Play Nine?

9. 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.

10. How does Jed's dream change at the end of Play Five, God's Great Supper, from what it is at the beginning of the play?

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

What character flaws and strengths do you see in the Rowen family through the generations depicted in The Kentucky Cycle? Select at least three characters from the nine plays and discuss how these flaws and strengths help or hinder the characters in dealing with the conflicts in their relationships and in their historical eras. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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