Among the Thugs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bill Buford
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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. Where does Buford arrive after searching for a firm in "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

2. What does the Manchester group note at the end of "Sunderland and Manchester"?

3. What does Buford mean when he says the man he meets in "Manchester" is well off?

4. What happens to the Italian boy that braves the square in hope to practice his English in "Turin"?

5. Who is Sammy and what does he do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Buford that makes him unsuccessful within the mob in "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

2. How does the crowd react to the knowledge that Buford is a reporter in "Turin"?

3. Why does Buford go to Stamford Bridge in "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

4. What does the police superintendent R. McAllister want to discuss with Buford at the beginning of "Sunderland and Manchester"?

5. What is the purpose Buford has for writing "Among the Thugs"?

6. Who is Michael Wicks, and what is he doing as Buford exits the plane in "Turin"?

7. Explain why history is so important among members of the firm in "Sunderland and Manchester"?

8. How does Buford feel about the crowd at the end "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

9. Explain what the "simple squeeze" and "the shove" are.

10. Why is Buford amazed at the way the supporter's interact with him in "Turin"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the following terms and how they relate to European football: a firm, thug, the Inner City Jibbers, "going off."

Essay Topic 2

Explain the feelings of waiting for a goal to be scored during a football match. How does Buford feel as he waits for a scored goal in the chapter "Cambridge"?

Essay Topic 3

Harry is man who leads a dual life. Explain the life of duality he leads. Do you think most men belonging to a firm lead a life of duality? How do these roles coexist?

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