Out of This Furnace Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Thomas Bell (novelist)
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Carnegie sell his steel plants?

2. What kind of business is George thinking about opening?

3. Who is John Joseph?

4. Why does George go to jail?

5. Who is the author of Out of This Furnace?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 6, why does Francka meet George and Elena at the train station in Homestead? Where does she take George and Elena? What reason does George's sister Francka give for needing only one room in Homestead?

2. 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?

3. What happens when Zuska walks into George's butcher shop? What does George do while Zuska is there that foreshadows a possible problem for his business?

4. 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?

5. What reason does George give Zuska for why he walked from New York to Pennsylvania after he arrived in America? Give two possible reasons for his dishonesty.

6. Who does George tell about Zuska? What is one explanation for his sharing with another person information about Zuska?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Why does Dorta rent a house the very next day after the conversation with George, Andrej, and her husband? What does this say about Dorta's business skills?

10. Describe the mill event that claims Joe Dubik's life. Was it an accident or the result of incompetence? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the metaphor between the book's title and the steel mill.

Essay Topic 2

What does Dobie do after his mother's death that would indicate his loyalty to his family? Give at least three examples and provide details for support.

Essay Topic 3

Mary Kracha is the second generation "immigrant". She marries Mike Dobrecak. Compare/contrast Mary's husband, Mike, and her father, George.

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