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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Abe say helps Joshua?
2. During dinner in Play Six, what does Mary Anne say makes her father a hero?
3. Why don't the Rowens rip up the contract for the mineral rights?
4. What tragedy happens while Tommy and Joshua are at the mine in Play Seven?
5. How does Tommy excuse his role in what happens at the Treaty Oak?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the treatment of women in The Kentucky Cycle. Do the men in the plays treat the women as equals or do they try to dominate them? Does the treatment of women change over the course of the cycles? Cite at least three 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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