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 it mean when a person is on the "jib"?

2. How does Buford feel about the English football game at the end of the first chapter?

3. Where was the first game Buford attended?

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

5. In Chapter 2, who does Manchester play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the Italian army arrive and escort them to the match in "Turin"?

5. What does Buford learn about the people high in command in the ICJ when he travels to Turin?

6. Why does Buford go to the bathroom to write down the stories he hears from the members of the firm in "Sunderland and Manchester"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Do you think European policemen are effective in controlling the chaos and violence of the football supporter's? How do the police help relieve or contribute to the violence of the crowds?

Essay Topic 3

Buford does not mention many incidents involving women. Explain the two cases in which women are mentioned and how women might be affected as a whole by the violence and chaos of the football supporter's.

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