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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. What does Mitchell refer to as “the cure for all the world’s diseases” in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Justice
(b) Money
(c) Beauty
(d) Honor

2. Where did the author of “A Biographical Interpretation” supposedly find a collection of Rebecca Harding Davis’s works?
(a) A rare bookstore
(b) A junk shop
(c) Her mother’s attic
(d) A feminist bookstore

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What school was Rebecca Harding Davis sent to attend at the age of 14?

2. When was Waiting for the Verdict published?

3. Of Deborah’s thoughts on Hugh in “Life in the Iron Mills,” the narrator says, “She knew, that, down under all the vileness and coarseness of his life, there was a groping passion for whatever was” what?

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

5. How does the narrator describe the weather in the opening of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hugh look down on from his prison window at in “Life in the Iron Mills”? What does this scene make him realize?

2. How does the setting of “Life in the Iron Mills” relate metaphorically to the story’s main characters?

3. When did Rebecca Harding Davis write “Life in the Iron Mills”? Who published it?

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

5. What is the basic story related in the plot of “Life in the Iron Mills”? How would you “sum up” the story in one or two sentences?

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

7. What elements of social change did Rebecca Harding Davis encounter during finishing school?

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

9. How would you describe the ending of “Life in the Iron Mills”? Does the story end on a happy or sad note?

10. How did the outbreak of the Civil War impact Rebecca Harding Davis’s work, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”?

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