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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why would visitors come to the mining village?
(a) they are related to Mrs. Hennebeau
(b) they want to see how poor people live
(c) they aren't wealthy enough for Paris
(d) they're related to some mine investors

2. Why did the Grégoires refuse to help the miners?
(a) they hate poor people
(b) they believe the miners spend their money unwisely
(c) they believe God doesn't want them to
(d) they are almost broke themselves

3. When did Bonnemort begin working in the mine?
(a) at 5 years old
(b) at 8 years old
(c) at 16 years old
(d) at 12 years old

4. Why can't Bonnemort work inside the Voreux anymore?
(a) he is not able to think due to a brain injury
(b) he is sick and disabled
(c) he is too old
(d) his leg is broken

5. How old is Etienne Lantier?
(a) about 40
(b) about 30
(c) about 21
(d) about 18

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the reasons Etienne thinks he might be working in the mine?

2. What does Etienne suggest the workers create?

3. For what does Maheu get scolded by his boss?

4. Who does Etienne meet on the first day of the job that he likes?

5. What is the old aristocratic tradition as far as handling money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Catherine return home during the strike and what does she see?

2. What do the women of the community try to get from Maigrat?

3. What does the company tell the miners about the mine at Voreux in February?

4. Why is it almost impossible by February for the miners to continue the strike?

5. How do the miners decide on a delegation to meet with Hennebeau and what are the results of the meeting?

6. What happens in the mine with Chaval, Etienne and Catherine?

7. After eating dinner in the second chapter what does Etienne do and why?

8. In what type of situation does Bonnemort live?

9. What do the Jean-Bart miners face on the surface?

10. What happens in the mine in November and what was the consequences?

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