Out of This Furnace Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is George Kracha hoping to leave behind when he leaves Hungary for America in 1881?

George Kracha is hoping to leave behind endless poverty and oppression, which are inherited by every Slovak peasant.

2. What does George know about the plight of some immigrants when they arrive in America? Who is already in America to help George avoid similar problems?

George hears stories about immigrants being beaten, robbed, and killed when they arrive in America. George's brother-in-law Andrej is working on a railroad section gang in northeastern Pennsylvania. He gives George directions so that he can find his way from his ship's docking in New York to Pennsylvania. Andrej tells George to go to the police if he loses his way.

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