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. What does Buford discover about the places in which the games are played?

2. What does it mean when a person is on the "jib"?

3. What does Buford realize as he talks to the men in "Sunderland and Manchester"?

4. Why does Buford quickly realize after he sees the man fall in, "A Station Outside Cardiff"?

5. How does the man Buford meets in "Manchester" feel about journalists?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to the Italian boy who goes into the crowd to practice his English in "Turin"?

4. Explain what it means to be "on the jib."

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

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

7. Explain what Mick arranges for Buford in "Manchester."

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

9. What happens as Jackie attempts to distribute the crowd to their respective hotels?

10. What does Mick say makes a good leader within the ICJ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Buford's initial feeling and attitude toward European football fans to that of his ending one. Include examples of events that support your opinion. How does this opinion grow or change throughout the book?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why the English supporters think they are most effective in causing chaos in a foreign country. What team embarrasses the Manchester United firm?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the relationship between politics and that of the mentality of the crowd. How does Buford support or refute this relationship?

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