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

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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. What corporation is formed after the sale of the steel plants?

2. Why does George show little interest in politics?

3. While George and his co-workers are working, what do they see over H furnace?

4. What does George lose in this section?

5. What investment does George make with his spare cash?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does George feel vindicated for not becoming an American citizen so that he can vote? What does George tell Mike about who runs America?

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

4. What two important events happen during November, 1903 to Mike? Why is he becoming increasingly frustrated during the winter of 1903?

5. At the beginning of Part 2, Chapter 1, who is introduced as the main character of the section? Describe this character.

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

7. Who does George visit immediately after receiving his first paycheck? What transpires at the meeting?

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

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

10. Where do George and Elena move to after the trouble in Homestead? What is a typical work day at the mill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each generation of "immigrant" has his/her own "furnace" to escape. Compare/contrast the furnaces of George, Mary, and Dobie. Just as a furnace forges steel, hard work and effort can forge a better person. Did each generation's "immigrant" become a better person after his/her life experiences in America? Explain in detail.

Essay Topic 2

Dobie represents the third generation immigrant. Describe Dobie's childhood after his father's death. What characteristics are "forged" in Dobie from his childhood experiences that will hold him in good stead as a man?

Essay Topic 3

In your opinion, could "Out of This Furnace" be described as a typical story of all immigrants to America? Why or why not? You may use reference materials for support.

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