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. How many children does Zuska have?

2. How much money does the bank need for the principal on George's mortgage?

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

4. Where does Dobrejcak work?

5. What is George's wife's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. What happens in Homestead when it is time for the union's contract negotiations to begin at the steel mill? What happens two days before the end of the current contract at the mill?

3. Explain how George's relationship with Zuska affect his business with his customers. Give another reason, aside from his customers, that George's business is probably affected by his relationship.

4. 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?

5. How is Elena's funeral contradictory to her lifestyle? Explain why George might have chosen an elaborate funeral for Elena.

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

7. Who does George meet while boarding the ship to America? Explain the irony between George's meeting and the warning that Andrej gives him about immigrants being robbed once they arrive in America.

8. What business is George considering buying? What are his plans for the shop? Is his business plan logical? What could be a possible obstacle to George being successful?

9. What does George wish for after Elena's death, and whom does he consult about the situation with his feelings? What is George's half-hearted gesture at being penitent?

10. In the summer following his marriage to Zuska, what happens to George financially? How does George react to his financial situation? How does George's reaction affect his relationship with Zuska?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which main character's story is told in Part I? What are this character's expectations for a life in America? Are the expectations realistic?

Essay Topic 2

Why is it accurate to assume that George makes decisions based on emotion rather than logic? Discuss two examples for support.

Essay Topic 3

Although George travels thousands of miles for a better life in America, what is he not willing to do in order to be a part of the community? What are some possible reasons for his apathy? How could he benefit by not being apathetic?

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