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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 is the purpose of the C.I.O.?
2. What is Dobie discussing with a man named Stever from Uniontown?
3. Who is George buried next to?
4. Who is in the meeting with management for Dobie's mill?
5. What company is Dobie's first employer in Detroit?
Short Essay Questions
1. At the beginning of Part 2, Chapter 6, what are Mike and Mary doing to make extra money? Who is giving them pointers?
2. Who comes in from New York for George's funeral? What feelings does Dobie express about living and working in Braddock to Mikie? What does this once again say about Dobie's resolve?
3. Explain why voting for the Socialist Party would be in line with Mike's concerns about the mill at this point.
4. What situation leads to Dobie moving back to Pittsburgh? What job does he take? What historic event happens in the country around this time?
5. In Chapter 1 of Part 4, which character becomes the third generation's main character of the story line? Describe this character.
6. 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.
7. What happens to George at the end of Part 4, Chapter 10? Explain how this event's aftermath is so typical of George's behavior throughout the book.
8. Who owns the hotel in East Pittsburgh where Dobie stays? Why is this a good thing for Dobie? How does Dobie make money with his electrical skills?
9. What is the extent of Dobie's involvement with the union activities at the end of Part 4, Chapter 11 ? Explain.
10. How does Dobie's private life change during the Depression? What happens in his work life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare/contrast Dorta and Elena as wives of first generation immigrants.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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