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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. Why would visitors come to the mining village?
2. What does Bonnemort mean?
3. Why does Etienne Lantier go for a walk?
4. How are the miners presented to the visitors?
5. Why is Deneulin failing in his business?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do the Montsou miners do when they leave Jean-Bart?
2. What do the miners do once the visitors leave?
3. What do the women of the community try to get from Maigrat?
4. What activist does Etienne meet at the Advantage and what do they do?
5. Why do Chaval and Etienne not get along?
6. Souvarine and Etienne have a discussion after the tragedy of the shooting. What do they talk about and what does Souvarine do?
7. How does the company seem after the killing of the miners by the soldiers and what does it say?
8. How does Chaval's actions affect Catherine and how does Etienne feel about it?
9. What do the miners demand of Mr. Hennebeau?
10. What happens in the mine with Chaval, Etienne and Catherine?
Essay Topic 1
The weight of long-established traditions appears again when Chaval asserts his dominance over Catherine.
1. What do you think is the status of women at this time and place?
2. Do women seem to have more, less or about the same power as men?
3. Why do you think Chaval felt he owned Catherine after raping her?
Use examples from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
The situation is desperate, with the miners having no food or heat. Zola draws an analogy of lack of coal as a source of collective energy (for the houses), which is correlated with the lack of food, a source of personal energy (for the body).
1. Discuss two other analogies that Zola uses in the miners' situation.
2. Do you think Zola's analogies are meant to be ambivalent to be powerful? Why or why not?
3. Would he have strengthened his position better with more concrete writing?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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