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 is the old aristocratic tradition as far as handling money?

2. Why does Bonnemort go outside to cough when the visitors are there?

3. Who is Rasseneur?

4. Who is the overman who hires Étienne Lantier?

5. How are the miners presented to the visitors?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Etienne knows he can no longer control the crowd of miners at Voreux?

3. What does Lantier see Jeanlin do and how does he help the boy?

4. What happens in the mine with Chaval, Etienne and Catherine?

5. Describe Léon Grégoire and his life.

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

7. How do the miners feel about the supervisors?

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

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

10. How do the miners get to their jobs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the first chapter, everything is set in the dark of night; the only lighting is provided either by the moonlight or by the fire burning inside the chunks of coal.

1. Why do you think GERMINAL starts at night?

2. How does the dark relate to the book's themes?

3. Did you see any foreshadowing from the darkness in the beginning of the book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The fourth part of the novel outlines the positions of the two camps involved in the growing conflict - the miners and the Company's representatives.

1. Why do you think the mine owners are unwilling to listen to the miners?

2. Do you think the miners were demanding too much from the mine owners? Why or why not?

3. If you were a negotiator between these two groups how would you attempt to forge an agreement?

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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