Out of This Furnace Test | Final 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. Who suggests that Mary should take in boarders to earn money?

2. What company is Dobie's first employer in Detroit?

3. Who does management finally agree to meet with after the rank-and-file workers are ignored?

4. Why is Dobie against company unions?

5. What are Mike and Mary missing at the end of Part 2, Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Part 2, Chapter 11, what ongoing crisis is taking place in Mike and Mary's household? What do Mike and Mary not agree on as a resolution to their problem?

2. What does Julie tell Dobie after the funeral? Why has their financial situation gotten even worse with George's death?

3. What brings about labor problems at the mill? What does Johnny do as a result of the unrest?

4. Explain why voting for the Socialist Party would be in line with Mike's concerns about the mill at this point.

5. Where do Mike and Mary move to at the end of Part 2, Chapter 10? What do they have to do to get extra money now that there are no boarders?

6. What happens with Dobie and Julie's financial situation as a result of no strike and an improving economy?

7. What does the company warn workers about concerning union recognition? Is Dobie swayed by the warnings? Explain how his feelings towards the company's warnings mirror his father's voting practices earlier in the book.

8. Why does George come to live with Mary? Is George's behavior towards Mary that of a loving father?

9. What directives does the company give the mill workers on how to vote? Does Mike follow the directives?

10. What does the company remind the workers of during mid-term elections? What is the name of the candidate that Mike votes for in the election? What could happen as a result of Mike's choice?

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

Discuss how Dorta's realistic approach to life helps her weather life's economic and emotional storms. Give details from at least three events from the story for support.

Essay Topic 3

Just as each generation of immigrant does not remain static, the mill's work environment changes as well. Explore the metaphor between each generation of immigrant and the work environment. What does each immigrant contribute to the growth of the mill?

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