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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. How many hours per day do the mill workers work?
(a) Fourteen.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Eighteen.
(d) Ten.

2. Who closes the steel mill?
(a) Frick.
(b) Pinkerton.
(c) Dobrejcak.
(d) Victor.

3. What does the new corporation not tolerate?
(a) Ethnic violence.
(b) Non-union workers.
(c) Unions.
(d) Ethnic workers.

4. Who receives an apology from Elena?
(a) Zuska.
(b) Dorta.
(c) Francka.
(d) George.

5. Who is Spetz?
(a) The owner of the Turner Hall Social Club.
(b) A Rabbi.
(c) A merchant.
(d) A Hungarian Jewish butcher.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Andy?

2. To whom does Carnegie sell his steel plants?

3. How many shifts are there for workers at the steel mills?

4. In what year does George Kracha come to America?

5. How many days does it take George to reach America?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 16, it is noted that George "has always been technically faithful to Elena." Explain.

2. What is the extent of Dobie's involvement with the union activities at the end of Part 4, Chapter 11 ? Explain.

3. How does Dobie's private life change during the Depression? What happens in his work life?

4. Where is Andrej now working since moving to Homestead? What happens when George, Andrej, and Andrej's foreman meet to talk about a job for George?

5. What happens after the C.I.O. takes over Amalgamated? How does Dobie feel about the C.I.O.?

6. How does George explain having no money on his arrival to his sister Francka and her husband?

7. What happens after the rank -and-file delegates meet from different lodges? What does the union do to help the bargaining committees? Why is the unions' stance unfair?

8. What does Dubik's death cause George to consider doing about work? What does Dorta tell him about Joe's thoughts on working in the mills? What is a possible explanation for George listening intently to Dorta?

9. At first, how successful is George in the butcher shop? What positive changes in George and Elena's lifestyle have come about as a result of his business?

10. Who confronts George in front of Elena about his relationship with Zuska? How does Elena react? How does George react? How does he "escape" reality?

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