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. What does Lloyd tell Carrie about wealthy people?

2. What does Miles want to do when he finishes high school?

3. How does Rondal do in his school work?

4. Why does Rondal think a union organizer is more important than a doctor?

5. What do Carrie and Lloyd do after they go to dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the club members get out of jail?

2. What do Rondal and C.J. argue about and what does Rondal tell C.J. about the miners?

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

4. From Clabe's stories to Rondal how has the family land changed and what does Clabe and his family do on Sundays?

5. What is C.J. thinking about babies and what does he remember about a discussion he had with Dillon? What is Dillon making and why?

6. What happens at a club meeting when the men are debating World War I?

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

8. What are the railroad companies doing to the farmers and how do the get it done?

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

10. What does Carrie figure out about a typhoid outbreak and what do the mining companies tell her when she tries to do something about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the miners march toward Blair Mountain, their number grows; the more they grow, the more they feel certain of their success. This anticipated success leads the striking miners to commit acts that they would not have the strength to perform individually.

1. How do the miners demonstrate the power of a crowd?

2. There are also examples of the power of an individual in the book. What were two of them?

3. Do you think Rondal's reaction to the canceling of the march appropriate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Storming Heaven. Questions that Giardina may have wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Giardina's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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