The Miserable Mill Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 body parts do Sunny use to work that the other children do not use?

2. Klaus thinks that the children could learn more lessons from what than from working in the mill?

3. Which of the following is the last name of the children featured in the story?

4. At the end of the chapter, as they prepare for their meeting, the children begin to wonder what kind of a man who is?

5. Everything about the children's new home seems what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What would you do if you were one of the children and were left alone in Paltryville by Mr. Poe?

2. Describe Mr. Poe's relationship with the children.

3. Explain the significance of the building shaped like an eye.

4. How is the dormitory described and how do the children react to it?

5. What might the guardian's reasons for wanting the children to work in the mill until Violet comes of age be?

6. Explain the symbolism of the dormitory window.

7. Describe the reception the children receive when they first get to the lumbermill.

8. Why are the workers incapable of having anything other than gum for lunch?

9. Who is Phil and how does he deal with the children?

10. Describe the exchange between Violet and Klaus when Klaus returns to the dormitory after being at the eye doctor's office.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The children in the story have clearly been through a lot. Choose any two of the following questions about them and answer them in detail, using examples from the book.

Which of the three children is the strongest and why?

Which of the three children is the weakest and why?

Which of the three children is the smartest and why?

Which character in the book has hurt or betrayed the children the most and why?

Essay Topic 2

Count Olaf isn't seen until near the end of the book, yet he is constantly thought of and his presence in Paltryville is eluded to.

What does the idea of Count Olaf represent to the children throughout the book and what, if anything, changes when the children finally see the Count? Use examples from the story to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Of the following locations, choose one and describe it and how it was used in the story in detail. Use several examples from the story to support your response:

1. The dormitory

2. The mill

3. Sir's office

4. The Library

5. The doctor's office

(see the answer keys)

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