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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. In what year did the author of “A Biographical Interpretation” republish Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories?
(a) 1988
(b) 1969
(c) 1992
(d) 1972

2. What is the name of the jailer in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Williams
(b) Peters
(c) Andrews
(d) Haley

3. How many centuries ago does the narrator describe Christ rising up from the people in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) 18
(b) 15
(c) 16
(d) 10

4. The narrator says in “Life in the Iron Mills,” “About this man Mitchell hung the impalpable atmosphere belonging to the” what?
(a) Lowest class
(b) Royal classes
(c) Undercover policeman
(d) Thoroughbred gentleman

5. What Biblical figure, the son of Isaac, does the narrator denote having been deprived of his birthright in “Life in the Iron Mills”?
(a) Cain
(b) Peter
(c) Esau
(d) Abel

Short Answer Questions

1. The author of “A Biographical Interpretation” states that Rebecca Harding Davis grew up along what river?

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?

3. What does Mitchell refer to as “the cure for all the world’s diseases” in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

4. What word does the narrator use to describe Hugh Wolfe’s infancy in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

5. When was Waiting for the Verdict published?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the sculpted figure discovered by one of the visitors at the mill described in “Life in the Iron Mills”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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