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. Who does Buford follow out of the mob in "Turin"?

2. What happens to the man that falls at the beginning of the book?

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

4. How much alcohol does the man Buford meets in "Manchester" consume?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are Buford's friends surprised at Buford's reaction to the crowd's behavior at the train station?

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

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

6. Why is Buford particularly intrigued by the Manchester United firm?

7. What does Buford learn about those traveling on his flight to Turin in "Manchester"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain DJ's opinion of the late 20th century's antisocial behavior. Does football violence relate to that of a political or economical cause?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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