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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the overseer that comes with the visiting men to the mill in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Mr. Mitchell
(b) Mr. Wolfe
(c) Mr. Kirk
(d) Mr. Clarke

2. Where does Deborah go to live after serving her jail sentence in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) With Janey and her husband
(b) With the Quakers
(c) With Old Wolfe
(d) With her mother

3. The church that Hugh enters on the night he decides to keep the money is described by the narrator of “Life in the Iron Mills” as what?
(a) A somber Gothic pile
(b) A medieval rapture
(c) An epic cathedral
(d) A Gregorian haunt

4. What word from “Life in the Iron Mills” means the state of being at rest, calm, or asleep?
(a) Denouement
(b) Interim
(c) Repose
(d) Parlance

5. What word does the narrator use to describe Hugh Wolfe’s infancy in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Liberated
(b) Joyful
(c) Plentiful
(d) Starved

6. The narrator states in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “These great turning-days of life cast no shadow before, slip by unconsciously. Only a trifle, a little turn of the rudder, and the ship goes” where?
(a) To port or to sea
(b) To the left or the right
(c) To heaven or hell
(d) To the river

7. What action is referenced in “Life in the Iron Mills” as “the peculiar action of a man dying of thirst”?
(a) Slinking
(b) Pursing
(c) Clinging
(d) Clutching

8. What Greek goddess of love and beauty does the narrator describe a sculpture of in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Echo
(b) Athena
(c) Aphrodite
(d) Achilles

9. Doctor May reads Hugh’s sentence to his wife from the newspaper how long after the night when they discussed the sculpture in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 6 months
(b) 2 weeks
(c) 6 weeks
(d) 1 month

10. What sentence does Hugh Wolfe receive in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 19 years hard labor
(b) 5 years hard labor
(c) 2 years parole
(d) 3 years solitary confinement

11. On what date did Rebecca Harding Davis die?
(a) July 7, 1901
(b) September 16, 1889
(c) September 29, 1910
(d) October 3, 1896

12. What Latin phrase, translated as “Hungry and thirsty, his soul faints him” is used in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) De profundis clamavi
(b) Clamat au arian
(c) Semper fidelis
(d) Scribet et libret

13. What deformity is Deborah said to be afflicted with in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) She is blind
(b) She is hunchbacked
(c) She is an amputee
(d) She is deaf

14. How does the narrator describe Janey’s eyes in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Milesian
(b) Mexican
(c) Armenian
(d) Spanish

15. Mitchell claims in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “Reform is born of need, not” what?
(a) Criticism
(b) Poverty
(c) Pity
(d) Empathy

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills” refers to the reader as “You, Egoist, or Pantheist, or” what?

2. The woman who stays behind at the jail after Hugh’s suicide is described as a Quaker or what, “as they call themselves” in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

3. How does the narrator describe Hugh Wolfe’s face in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. What broken figure does the narrator describe as “pointing upward from the mantle shelf” in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

5. What nonprofit literary publisher published Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories, including “A Biographical Interpretation”?

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