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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whom does Deborah feel a pang of jealousy about as she lay on the ash heap at Hugh’s job in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Janey
(b) Old Wolfe
(c) Sarah
(d) Mr. Mitchell

2. What school was Rebecca Harding Davis sent to attend at the age of 14?
(a) St. Mary School for Young Women
(b) Anderson Miller Women’s School
(c) Washington Female Seminary
(d) St. Jude Episcopal School for Girls

3. 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) Tar
(b) Quartz
(c) Tarp
(d) Korl

4. On what date were L. Clarke Davis and Rebecca Harding Davis married?
(a) March 12, 1885
(b) September 2, 1905
(c) March 5, 1863
(d) April 3, 1869

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the author of “A Biographical Interpretation” supposedly find a collection of Rebecca Harding Davis’s works?

2. What night of the week is it that Deborah brings Hugh his dinner at the mill in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

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

4. 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”?

5. Who was the publisher that accepted “Life in the Iron Mills” immediately and began a long friendship with Rebecca Harding Davis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What legacy did Rebecca Harding Davis leave behind, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”?

2. What does Deb do when she returns home in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

3. How is the setting described in “Life in the Iron Mills”? How does the setting in which the narrator exists differ from the setting of Deb and Hugh’s story?

4. What happens to Deborah at the end of “Life in the Iron Mills”? What does the narrator reveal at the end of the story?

5. How is the character of Janey described in “Life in the Iron Mills”? What is Janey’s relationship to the other characters?

6. How is Hugh’s death described in “Life in the Iron Mills”? How does Hugh die?

7. What realization does Hugh have after his interaction with the visitors at the mill in “Life in the Iron Mills”? What does he do next?

8. Who did Rebecca Harding Davis meet on her first trip North, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”?

9. What are the impressions of the visitors when they see the sculpture in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

10. How does the author of “A Biographical Interpretation” depict Rebecca Harding Davis’s relationship with her first publisher?

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