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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

In the end, the idealist Étienne Lantier traversed the world of the Voreux and though accomplished little in terms of actual gains, he left the miners with a will to fight; the seed of this may eventually grow and burst again through the infertile ground of the mining pit.

1. Do you think this book ended with any shred of hope? Why or why not?

2. If you had been a miner in this situation do you think you would try again? Why or why not?

Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Léon Grégoire and his cousin, Deneulin have different beliefs about money, how to use it and how to make it.

1. What do you see as the difference between how Léon Grégoire views money versus Deneulin? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

2. What groups of people in the United States today would correspond to each of the two men?

3. How do you personally view the use and making of money?

Essay Topic 3

As the miners march toward Montsou, their numbers grow; the more they grow, the more they feel certain of their success. This anticipated success leads the striking miners to commit acts they would not have the strength to perform individually.

1. How do the miners demonstrate the power of a crowd?

2. There are also examples of the power of an individual in the book. What were two of them?

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