Among the Thugs Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Bill Buford
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Brunswick?
(a) A man Buford meets.
(b) A city.
(c) A football player.
(d) A pub.

2. What three adjectives does Buford use to describe the conditions of the matches?
(a) Pleasurable, dirty, and volatile.
(b) Smelly, bleak, and disgusting.
(c) Cramped, dirty, and volatile.
(d) Cramped, old, and violent.

3. Who is Tony Roberts?
(a) A true thug.
(b) A pub owner.
(c) A football player.
(d) A well dressed leader who jumps from position to position.

4. How does the man Buford meets in "Manchester" feel about journalists?
(a) He hates them and calls them wankers.
(b) He loves them.
(c) He feels indifferent about them.
(d) He despises them.

5. What does Buford discover about the places in which the games are played?
(a) They are filled with rotten odors.
(b) They are really clean and nice.
(c) They don't have air conditioning.
(d) They are run down and dilapidated.

6. Who arrives at the square at the end of "Turin"?
(a) More fans.
(b) The Prime Minister.
(c) The football team.
(d) The army.

7. Which of the following is not mentioned being beaten by the English?
(a) An eleven year old boy.
(b) A woman with a baby.
(c) An Italian's head is smashed.
(d) A man in front of his family.

8. Who does Buford attempt to locate to interview at the end of "A Station Outside Cardiff"?
(a) A policeman.
(b) A football player.
(c) A pub owner.
(d) A thug.

9. What does Buford compare the fans of football to?
(a) Anxious parents waiting for their children's medical results.
(b) A squriming cattle.
(c) An addiction that is disgusting at first, then pleasureable over time.
(d) Family abuse.

10. Which of the following does Buford not mention in relation to the football fans?
(a) Passionate.
(b) Self destructive.
(c) Addicting.
(d) Volatile.

11. Where does Buford retreat to jot down the stories the men give him in "Sunderland and Manchester"?
(a) Upstairs.
(b) The car.
(c) His hotel.
(d) The bathroom.

12. What does the man Buford meets in "Manchester" do for a living?
(a) He is a police officer.
(b) He is a retired football player.
(c) He's a skilled electrician.
(d) He is a janitor.

13. What is "the shove"?
(a) A method of fighting.
(b) The initiating moment of a football game.
(c) A method of pushing the person in front of you to force the mob to move.
(d) An ineffective way of entering a fight.

14. What happened to Roy Downes?
(a) He was murdered.
(b) He kills Tony Roberts.
(c) He was appointed head of ICJ.
(d) He was stabbed by several rival fans.

15. What do the English fans do to the Italian crowd in "Turin"?
(a) Spit on them.
(b) Throw a bottle at them and moon them.
(c) Urinate on them.
(d) Yell at them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mark point out to Buford in "Sunderland and Manchester" relating to mob violence?

2. What is a "firm"?

3. What match does Buford attend at the invitation of members of the firm?

4. What does Buford purchase from the man he meets in "Manchester"?

5. What is Buford's reaction to what happens to the man who falls at the beginning of the novel?

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