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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of tobacco does the narrator describe the drunken Irishmen puffing on in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Lucky Strike tobacco
(b) Lynchburg tobacco
(c) Williamsburg tobacco
(d) Skydancer tobacco

2. Of Deborah, the narrator says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “Perhaps the weak, flaccid wretch had some stimulant in her pale life to keep her up—some love or hope, it might be, or urgent need. When that stimulant was gone, she would take to” what?
(a) Opium
(b) Lacquer
(c) Whiskey
(d) The river

3. How long has Deborah stood at the spools at her job in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 12 hours
(b) 10 hours
(c) 8 hours
(d) 6 hours

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

5. What word from “Life in the Iron Mills” means given or characterized by joking?
(a) Jocose
(b) Extrapolated
(c) Implicit
(d) Ephemeral

6. What is the name of the lawyer that the judge appoints to Hugh Wolfe in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Mr. Gibson
(b) Mr. Smith
(c) Mr. Clarke
(d) Mr. May

7. The narrator states in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills,” “The idiosyncrasy of this town is” what?
(a) Sunshine
(b) Paint
(c) Cleanliness
(d) Smoke

8. The narrator in “Life in the Iron Mills” describes Hugh Wolfe as “no favorite in the mill; he had the taint of” what on him?
(a) School-learning
(b) Politics and corruption
(c) Secrecy and politeness
(d) Old money

9. Rebecca Harding Davis supported her young family by working as an editor for what publication?
(a) The Boston Globe
(b) The New York Times
(c) The Philadelphia Inquirer
(d) The Washington Journal

10. Hugh’s legs are describes as being ironed because he made how many attempts at escape from jail in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 4
(b) 2
(c) 8
(d) 5

11. Who is the town physician who comes with the visiting men to the mill in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Dr. Clarke
(b) Dr. May
(c) Dr. Wolfe
(d) Dr. Mitchell

12. Dr. May says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “That is true philosophy. Drift with the stream, because you cannot” what?
(a) Dive deep enough to find bottom
(b) Face the harshness of the deep
(c) Swim against the current
(d) Answer for the current

13. What word used in “Life in the Iron Mills” refers to a side of cured pork?
(a) Flitch
(b) Haggis
(c) Bandy
(d) Curry

14. How many men are in the group of visitors that come through the mill where Hugh works in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 2-3
(b) 10-11
(c) 5-6
(d) 8-9

15. By what name does the narrator call the “refuse from the ore after the pig-metal is run” in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Quartz
(b) Tarp
(c) Korl
(d) Tar

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Deborah begin to eat for dinner after returning from the cotton mill in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

2. The mill where Hugh works in “Life in the Iron Mills” is described as being by the river and how far below the city-limits?

3. What Latin phrase, translated as “Hungry and thirsty, his soul faints him” is used in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. One of the visiting men tells the owner’s son at the mill in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “If it were not that you must have heard it so often, I would tell you that your works looks like” what?

5. What is the name of the man that goes about town lighting the lamps at dusk in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

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