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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What war caused Rebecca Harding Davis to set aside her writing for a time?
(a) The American Revolution
(b) The U.S. Civil War
(c) The Korean War
(d) The French and Indian War

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

3. What word does the narrator use in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills” to refer to a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement?
(a) Debutante
(b) Dilettante
(c) Maestro
(d) Diva

4. Rebecca Harding and L. Clarke Davis met where?
(a) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(b) New York, New York
(c) Boston, Massachusetts
(d) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

5. Who was the publisher that accepted “Life in the Iron Mills” immediately and began a long friendship with Rebecca Harding Davis?
(a) Walker H. Macy
(b) James T. Fields
(c) William B. Peters
(d) James S. Stoudt

6. What is Hugh’s charge for the theft of the money in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Grand larceny
(b) Petty larceny
(c) Heresy
(d) Bearing false witness

7. The narrator in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills” refers to the reader as “You, Egoist, or Pantheist, or” what?
(a) Leonine
(b) Argentine
(c) Arminian
(d) Polarized

8. What feeder at the mill does Hugh look down on at the marketplace from his cell in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Pete Small
(b) Neff Sanders
(c) Mr. Peters
(d) Mr. Clarke

9. Rebecca Harding Davis is credited with over how many published works?
(a) 100
(b) 50
(c) 20
(d) 500

10. What word used in “Life in the Iron Mills” refers to a crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide?
(a) Strychnine
(b) DDT
(c) Iodine
(d) Aspartame

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

12. Of Hugh Wolfe, the narrator says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “Yet he was kind to her: it was his nature to be kind, even to the very” what?
(a) Beggars in the streets
(b) Dog that bit him
(c) Police that hold him down
(d) Rats that swarmed the cellar

13. What does Deborah begin to eat for dinner after returning from the cotton mill in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Haggis and rice
(b) Boiled cabbage
(c) Boiled potatoes
(d) Pork sausage

14. What is the name of the jailer in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Haley
(b) Andrews
(c) Williams
(d) Peters

15. The mill-owner’s son tells his companions in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “If I had the making of men, these men who do the lowest part of the world’s work should be” what?
(a) Robots
(b) Slaves
(c) Put out of their misery
(d) Machines

Short Answer Questions

1. What word from “Life in the Iron Mills” means the state of being at rest, calm, or asleep?

2. Of Hugh Wolfe, the narrator says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “His soul within him was smothering to death; he wanted so much, thought so much, and knew” what?

3. “Life in the Iron Mills” is regarded by many academics as the beginning of what movement in American literature?

4. How does the narrator describe Janey’s eyes in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

5. Mitchell says of the laborers at the iron mill in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “Let them have a clear idea of the rights of the soul, and I’ll venture next week they’ll” what?

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