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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 word does the narrator use to describe Hugh Wolfe’s infancy in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Starved
(b) Liberated
(c) Plentiful
(d) Joyful

2. Rebecca Harding Davis was the eldest of how many children in her family?
(a) 3
(b) 5
(c) 4
(d) 2

3. What does Hugh use to commit suicide in jail in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) A bed sheet
(b) A piece of tin
(c) A rope
(d) A police gun

4. Where did Rebecca Harding Davis largely grow up?
(a) Little Rock, Arkansas
(b) Wheeling, West Virginia
(c) Montclair, New Jersey
(d) Huntington, Virginia

5. On what date did Rebecca Harding Davis die?
(a) September 29, 1910
(b) October 3, 1896
(c) September 16, 1889
(d) July 7, 1901

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of bird does the narrator describe chirping desolately beside her in a cage in the beginning of “Life in the Iron Mills”?

2. Dr. May says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “That is true philosophy. Drift with the stream, because you cannot” what?

3. What is Hugh’s charge for the theft of the money in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. 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”?

5. Rebecca Harding Davis supported her young family by working as an editor for what publication?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Rebecca Harding meet L. Clarke Davis? Where did they first meet, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”?

4. How would you describe the setting of “Life in the Iron Mills”? What tone is established through the story’s setting?

5. What kind of education did Rebecca Harding Davis receive, according to the author of “A Biographical Interpretation”?

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

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

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

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

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

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