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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. “Life in the Iron Mills” is regarded by many academics as the beginning of what movement in American literature?
(a) Pulp fiction
(b) Dadaism
(c) Post-modernism
(d) Realism

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

3. When was Waiting for the Verdict published?
(a) 1839
(b) 1898
(c) 1811
(d) 1867

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the overseer that comes with the visiting men to the mill in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

2. What Biblical figure, the son of Isaac, does the narrator denote having been deprived of his birthright in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

3. Of whom does the narrator say Hugh had found “a Man all- knowing, all-seeing, crowned by Nature, reigning” in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. Who throws Deborah money as the visiting men at the mill depart in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

5. At what time does Deborah return home from the cotton mill in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. What do the visitors at the mill tell Hugh Wolfe regarding his future as an artist in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. What decision does Hugh reach when he goes to attempt to return the money in “Life in the Iron Mills”? Why?

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

6. How would you describe the language style in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

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

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

9. How is Hugh caught by the authorities in “Life in the Iron Mills”? What is Hugh charged with and sentenced?

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

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