Germinal Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pluchart say are the union's goals?

2. Who has decided to cut the cable at the Jean-Bart mine?

3. What happens to Maigrat when he runs from the miners?

4. What does Chaval announce when he comes to the Advantage during the strike?

5. What does the mine owners announce Négrel is doing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In GERMINAL, there is a constant struggle between individualism and collectivism.

1. Give two examples of this struggle.

2. Do you think individualism is more destructive than collectivism? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the collective thinking of the miners caused more problems than it solved? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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