Germinal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. By what name does Bonnemort's daughter-in-law go?

2. What happens to Etienne's relationship with Catherine when he moves into her home?

3. How do the visitors treat the people in the village?

4. What does Etienne create with advice from his friend Pluchart?

5. Why was Etienne fired from his previous job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Léon Grégoire and his life.

2. How does Etienne's move affect his relationship with Catherine?

3. What activist does Etienne meet at the Advantage and what do they do?

4. How did Etienne get a job and what will he be doing?

5. What is the social scene like in the village?

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

7. What do the Montsou miners do while the miners are working at the Jean-Bart mine?

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

9. How do the miners feel about Etienne Lantier and what do they do about it?

10. Chaval comes in the Advantage where Etienne is talking with Rasseneur. What does he announce and what happens between him and Etienne?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The implosion of the Voreux signifies the death of the starving monster. In a single strike of irony, the water flowing in the veins of the earth drowns the man-made hell.

1. What do you think this statement means?

2. What kind of picture do you see when you read Zola's descriptions of the undamaged and damaged mine?

Use examples from the text to illustrate your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Zola uses a writing style and a combination of techniques that are equivalent to the painting style and techniques of the late nineteenth century impressionists.

1. How do you think Zola's writing style relates to the theme and plot of the book?

2. How do you think the impact of the book would change had Zola used a more concrete writing style?

Essay Topic 3

Pluchart, Lantier's friend and the director of the International for the district, represents the unions and their self-serving attitude.

1. How does the behavior of the union support this statement?

2. Do you think the miners would have been better off if the union had never become involved in their lives? Why or Why not?

3. Do you think unions have a function in today's work world in consideration of all the labor laws? Why or why not?

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