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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. How does Léon Grégoire make his money?

2. Who goes with Chaval when he leaves the Voreux?

3. What is the house number where Bonnemort lives?

4. Why do the Maheus invite Etienne to live with them?

5. What type of job did Etienne have previously?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Etienne hear and see on his walk?

3. How do the miners get to their jobs?

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

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

6. Why does Etienne Lantier set up a meeting with the miners and what happens at that meeting?

7. What does Etienne tell Catherine about himself on his first day of work?

8. Describe Léon Grégoire and his life.

9. What happens at the mine when the Borains arrive to work?

10. What happens to Etienne as he works in the mines, as far as his job is concerned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grégoire summarizes the entire position of the typical bourgeois. 1. What do you see as his position? 2. What parts of Gregoire's position do you believe is true? What parts do you see as false? 3. Do you believe the wealthy class in America today would agree with Gregoire's position on the miners? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The army is now occupying Montsou, which means that the miners are powerless, a situation which fuels even more ambivalent anger. 1. How do you think powerlessness engenders anger? 2. What are alternatives to anger to deal with powerlessness? 3. Do you believe the anger seen in some civil rights groups in the 1960s in America stemmed from feeling powerless? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The third section of the novel draws a portrait of the events that lead the miners to go on strike. It also shows the evolution of Étienne Lantier's political ideas. 1. What do you see as the stages in the evolution of Lantier's thinking from sympathy with the miners to action? 2. How might Etienne Lantier's own weaknesses have pushed him to organize the miners? 3. How did his strengths help him? Use examples from the book to support your opinions.

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