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. What does Etienne see during his walk?

2. What does Souvarine think is the solution to the miners' problems?

3. What is a ducasse?

4. How does Léon Grégoire make his money?

5. Why do the miners hate the supervisors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Montsou miners do when they leave Jean-Bart?

2. How do the miners feel about the supervisors?

3. What happens at the Hennebeaus' house when they are hosting a party?

4. How is Chaval feeling about Catherine and Lantier with Etienne living there and what does he do about it?

5. Why do Chaval and Etienne not get along?

6. In what type of situation does Bonnemort live?

7. How does Chaval's actions affect Catherine and how does Etienne feel about it?

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

9. Describe how Germinal starts out.

10. What has La Maheude troubled and what does she do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

There seems to be a huge gap between the rich and poor in this novel.

1. How is this difference shown in the book?

2. Do you see this gap existing in America today? Why or why not?

3. Do you see any morality issue with the gap between the very rich and the very poor?

Use examples to illustrate your answer.

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?

(see the answer keys)

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