Storming Heaven: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Denise Giardina
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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. Why did Rosa cry as a child?

2. What does Aunt Jane tell Carrie she must learn to do about family members?

3. Who severely injured Francesco?

4. Where do C.J. and his grandmother go to live?

5. Why don't the coal companies take Ermel's land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Carrie and Lloyd do after having dinner at Miles' house, what does Lloyd tell Carrie the next day and what is her response?

2. What does Rondal do when he visits C.J. and how does that help his family?

3. What does Miles tell his father is a good way to make money, what is his father's response and why did Miles end up feeling guilty about the whole idea?

4. What does C.J. realize about Rondal and what does he do about it? How does Rondal respond?

5. What happens to Johnson and why does Rondal leave town?

6. What is the medical situation for black coal miners, how does Dr. Booker get medicine for a cholera epidemic and what does Booker show C.J. about black coal miners?

7. What do the club members discover when they arrive back home and what do they do in response?

8. How does Dillon feel about what the coal companies are doing and what does he do in response to their actions?

9. What does Rondal do on his first day in the mines and how does he feel at the end of the day?

10. What does Rondal's mother tell him when he goes to work for the mines and why does she change her mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The farmers' lands are taken from them and the coal companies move in to virtually take over the area and the miners' lives, controlling their housing, food and how they can spend their money.

1. How do you think powerlessness engenders anger?

2. What are alternatives to anger to deal with powerlessness?

3. Do you believe the anger seen in the miners' lives is caused by their powerlessness? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One of the major themes of Storming Heaven is that of the differences among various classes in the early 1900's in the United States. Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Discuss the idea of "class" as it exists in Storming Heaven. Be sure to include specific examples from the text and a definition of class.

2. Compare and contrast the life of upper-class Americans with that of either the middle class or lower class (i.e., the miners) as it exists in Storming Heaven. What is the upper class attitude towards earning a living? The middle class? The lower class? Which class seems the most practical? The most idealistic?

3. Discuss the following question: What is more of a barrier among people: class, education, religion or gender? Explain your reasoning fully using examples both from the text and your own life experiences.

Essay Topic 3

There is a growing gap between the positions of the two camps involved in the growing conflict - the miners and the Company's representatives.

1. Why do you think the mine owners are unwilling to listen to the miners?

2. Do you think the miners are demanding too much from the mine owners? Why or why not?

3. If you were a negotiator between these two groups how would you attempt to forge an agreement?

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