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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. About what do Etienne and Souvarine talk?

2. What does Etienne tell the miners he wants to fight?

3. Why is the innkeeper friendly with Etienne?

4. How do the other miners see Etienne at work?

5. What does Etienne see during his walk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the miners do once the visitors leave?

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

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

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

5. Why is it almost impossible by February for the miners to continue the strike?

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

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

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

9. What does Lantier create for the miners to join and what is one of his first projects?

10. What does Etienne tell Catherine about himself on his first day of work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

By befriending a soldier, Lantier discovers he (Lantier) is not that different from the people against whom he is fighting. Both men share hopes, dreams and memories; both wish for the same kind of life and in the end, they can only be differentiated by the master they serve.

1. Do you think this statement could be true in any situation where one person or group of persons consider another an enemy? Use an example from the text and from life now in the United States to illustrate this statement.

2. If two enemies were placed in a room and had to stay together for one month without fighting do you think they would be enemies at the end of that month? Why or why not?

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