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 a ducasse?

2. What does Etienne see during his walk?

3. What type of job did Etienne have previously?

4. What does Deneulin ask of Gregoire?

5. From what hereditary disease does Etienne suffer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Denneulin and what does he want from Léon Grégoire?

2. What do the Jean-Bart miners face on the surface?

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

4. Describe Léon Grégoire and his life.

5. What is the Advantage and what happens there?

6. How does the company seem after the killing of the miners by the soldiers and what does it say?

7. How do the miners get to their jobs?

8. How do the women of the settlement feel about Maigrat's death and what do they do after it?

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

10. Why do Chaval and Etienne not get along?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a last burst of hope mixed with anger, the miners confront the army of guards in front of the mining pit. The miners lose. When two groups are opposed, the one that is most organized and structured ultimately wins.

1. Compare the situation of the miners with a situation in American history, for example the American Indians opposing the white man.

2. Do you believe the most powerful and organized always wins? Can the flea make the lion surrender?

3. How would this situation correlate with guerrilla warfare?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The third section of the novel draws a portrait of the events that lead the miners to go on strike. It also shows the evolution of Étienne Lantier's political ideas.

1. What do you see as the stages in the evolution of Lantier's thinking from sympathy with the miners to action?

2. How might Etienne Lantier's own weaknesses have pushed him to organize the miners?

3. How did his strengths help him?

Use examples from the book to support your opinions.

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