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. Where does Klaus finally lay down?

2. Why doesn't Charles hear the children protesting Klaus leaving?

3. The guardian tells the children that they must work in the mill until who comes of age?

4. Which of the following is not one of the steps at the lumbermill?

5. How do the children handle the news that they will be working?

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 the routine at the mill and how it affects the children.

3. Explain the symbolism of the dormitory window.

4. Describe the library and how the children feel about it.

5. How does Charles raise the Children's hopes after the meeting?

6. Describe how one of the children uses their own natural talent on the first day of work.

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

8. How is foreshadowing used in chapter two?

9. Describe the town of Paltryville.

10. Describe the three children, briefly.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book, the children are basically enslaved in the mill by Sir and the Foreman.

1. If you were in the children's position, would you have tried to escape. If so, when and how. If not, why not?

2. Do you think that modern day children are still enslaved in some ways? Why or why not? If so, in what ways?

Essay Topic 2

Which of the children do you feel was most influential in the book? Use examples from the story to explain why. Which were least influential? Explain what they could have done to become more useful or interesting.

Essay Topic 3

Choose any one of the following topics and write a detailed essay about how it affects the story:

Greed

Anger

Abandonment

Betrayal

Deception

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