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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Etienne hear talking as he walks?
(a) Jeanlin and Coltier
(b) Jacques and Catherine
(c) La Maheude and Bonnemort
(d) Chaval and Catherine

2. What type of job did Etienne have previously?
(a) a mechanic
(b) a manager
(c) an engineer
(d) an artist

3. Who is Rasseneur?
(a) the manager of Jean-Bart
(b) the owner of the Advantage
(c) the owner of the Jolly Roger
(d) the owner of Jean-Bart

4. How do the visitors feel about the Maheu children?
(a) they are delightful
(b) they are frightful
(c) they are funny
(d) they are stupid

5. About what do Etienne and Souvarine talk?
(a) how to be a good hewer
(b) the future of the workers
(c) how to make money
(d) escaping the mines and going to Paris

6. How do the other miners see Etienne at work?
(a) as stupid
(b) as too hard working
(c) as an educated person
(d) as lazy

7. Why does Chaval believe he owns Catherine?
(a) because he took her virginity
(b) because he gives her money
(c) because he is older than she
(d) because they are engaged

8. What is the new capitalistic trend concerning money?
(a) put the money in a bank
(b) give money to poor people
(c) put the capital to work and maximize profit
(d) invest in speculation

9. What type of work does Bonnemort do for the mine?
(a) picker
(b) carter
(c) runs the cable
(d) tends the horses

10. What does Bonnemort mean?
(a) sturdy man
(b) good luck
(c) good death
(d) bad future

11. What is Leon Grégoire's biggest concern in life?
(a) his son marrying well
(b) staying healthy
(c) maintaining his lifestyle
(d) keeping his wife happy

12. How do the mine owners lower the workers' pay in October?
(a) makes the carts larger
(b) adds new fines
(c) adds new taxes
(d) disguises it as a new mode of payment due

13. What is a ducasse?
(a) a board game
(b) a type of duel
(c) a card game
(d) a local fair

14. What is the mining settlement called where the novel takes place?
(a) Village de Mine
(b) Two Hundred
(c) Verus De
(d) Two Hundred and Forty

15. What are the type of people who tend to go to the Advantage?
(a) young people
(b) mine management
(c) older men
(d) dissatified workers

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the miners hate the supervisors?

2. Why does Bonnemort go outside to cough when the visitors are there?

3. How old is Etienne Lantier?

4. When did Bonnemort begin working in the mine?

5. What do the miners decide to do when the company lowers their pay?

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