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. Whose raiders does Jed join after he leaves Talbert's army in Play Five?

2. How old are Rebecca Talbert and Patrick Rowen in Play Three, The Homecoming?

3. What secret does Jeremiah reveal at the end of Play Four, Ties That Bind?

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

5. What is the Cherokee term for Morning Star?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. How is Ezekiel Rowen's nickname of Preacher ironic?

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

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

7. Explain how Scene Three of Play Eight reflects the civil rights movement occurring in America during the mid-1950s when the play is set.

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

9. In Play Four, Ties That Bind, why does Patrick Rowen seem to favor his younger son, Zach, over his older son, Zeke?

10. What solution does Abe suggest in Scene Three of Play Seven for reducing Joshua's fever and what does he suggest Mary Anne do to prevent further such fevers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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