‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

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‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel last appeared as a Single Study text in 2010. These were the questions asked that year:

Question 1

‘Of the five Mundy sisters, Kate finds the changing world most threatening.’

Discuss this statement with reference to Kate and at least one of her sisters, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

 Question 2

Identify at least two dramatic contrasts used by Friel in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. Discuss the importance of these contrasts in the play.

Support your answer with suitable reference to the text.

 

Here are some other sample questions:

Question 3

‘Kate’s sense of superiority and leadership qualities make her the most interesting character in the play.’

To what extent would you agree with this view? Support your answer by reference to the text.

Question 4

‘As we read the play, we get an overwhelming sense that the close family life of the Mundy sisters is about to be torn apart.’

Write a response to this statement. Support the points you make by reference to the text.

Question 5

‘Community and its power over people permeate the play.’

To what extent would you agree with this view? Support you answer with suitable reference to the play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.

Question 6

‘Their lives are of secret longings and shattered dreams.’

Discuss this assessment with reference to at least two of the Mundy sisters, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

 

‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’

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When you are making your notes on ‘How Many Miles’ here are some pages in the text for you to consult. Remember to include quotations from the text in the notes you make.

When writing about Alec’s relationship with his parents:

p. 3 – 8 (these pages deal with his isolation)

p. 23 – 30 (the fact that the relationship is so distant)

p. 39 – 40 (controlled)

p. 46 – 47

p. 66 – 70

When writing about the friendship between Alec and Jerry:

p. 10 – 13

p.  16 – 18 (hope, fun)

p. 51 – 52 (excitement)

p. 87 – 90 (companionship)

When writing about social class:

p. 17

When writing about the war:

p. 74

p. 81 – 84

p. 91 – 92