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. Who is the Voreux's manager?

2. What is Leon Grégoire's biggest concern in life?

3. Why is the innkeeper friendly with Etienne?

4. From what hereditary disease does Etienne suffer?

5. Who is Deneulin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What causes an accident in the mine after the miners go back to work?

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

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

5. What does Etienne see Jeanlin do one night and what does Etienne do and find out?

6. What happens to the strike of the miners as time goes by?

7. Describe how Germinal starts out.

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

9. How do the Grégoires repond to La Maheude's request for help?

10. Why were the Montsou miners angry at the Jean-Bart miners?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The triumphs of collectivism are short lived and their assurance follows the path of their deteriorating conditions of living.

1. Why and how do you think the triumphant collectivism of the miners being focused together deteriorated?

2. How do you think the focused collectivism of an organized body, such as an army, can remain stable as opposed to the miners?

3. Do you think organization and strong leadership are always necessary in order for a group to work together?

Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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

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?

(see the answer keys)

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