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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 is the name of Rebecca Harding Davis’s eldest son who became a writer and journalist?
(a) John Harding Davis
(b) Peter Harding Davis
(c) Richard Harding Davis
(d) James Harding Davis

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?
(a) 2 miles
(b) 1 mile
(c) ½ mile
(d) 10 miles

3. Of the now shutting-down iron mill, Mitchell says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “One could fancy these red smoldering lights to be the half-shut eyes of wild beasts, and the spectral figures their” what?
(a) Glistening teeth
(b) Scaly wings
(c) Pitchforks
(d) Victims in the den

4. Christ is described in “Life in the Iron Mills” as having stood “with the fishermen and harlots by the sea of” what?
(a) Islam
(b) Galilee
(c) Asia
(d) Judea

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Rebecca Harding Davis born?

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

4. Where do Deborah’s coworkers tell her there a ball tonight in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

5. What word used in “Life in the Iron Mills” refers to a side of cured pork?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the korl woman in “Life in the Iron Mills” represent symbolically?

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

3. Where did Rebecca Harding Davis grow up, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”? How is her family described?

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

5. How does the author of “A Biographical Interpretation” describe Rebecca Harding Davis’s early years of marriage?

6. How is the plot of “Life in the Iron Mills” structured? Are there subplots in the story?

7. 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?

8. What is Deb doing when her character is first introduced in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

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

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