The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women 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. By whom was Edna Hussman employed when she was examined by Dr. Frederick Flinn?

2. When John Roach, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor, heard that "the report supplied by the firm was a whitewash" (115), he requested a full copy of the study. What reason did Arthur Roeder give when he refused John Roach's request?

3. What diagnosis did Dr. Humphries in Orange provide to Quinta McDonald before he bound her in plaster from "her diaphragm to her knees" (95)?

4. In what year was radium first discovered?

5. The greenish-white luminous paint used to paint the watch dials went by what name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who coined the term "radium jaw"? (95)

2. In 1917, what was the reputation of radium in America?

3. What two leads did Katherine Wiley pursue after the death of Hazel Kuser?

4. The Radium Luminous Materials Corporation's radium-laden paint was used to create what type of objects?

5. What is the author's evidence for the claim that radium made an "all-pervasive entry into American life"?

6. Who were the primary producers of positive literature about radium?

7. What were the findings of the first-ever autopsy on a dial-painter?

8. What is the author's purpose in depicting the scene of the lab workers' toiling at the Orange plant alongside the scene of the dial-painters working in the studio?

9. How did the Radium Luminous Processes Corporation's postwar strategy differ from their World War I-era business strategies?

10. What led to many members of the same family working as dial-painters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women's message regarding corporate greed?

Essay Topic 2

What is the author's treatment of gender within the events of the book? How does she get across to the reader the connection between the dial-painters' treatment by their employers and their status as women in America? Craft a specific and clear claim regarding the author's treatment of gender and use textual details to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Which person depicted within the book's events do you judge to be most culpable for the injuries and deaths suffered by the dial-painters in the early twentieth century? Prove your case using carefully-chosen concrete details from the book and other logical reasoning.

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