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. What amount of money did the first suit filed by a dial-painter request from the United States Radium Corporation?

2. Until 1922, Cecil K. Drinker's department at Harvard was wholly funded by what source?

3. Part of the allure of the jobs available at the Radium Luminous Materials Corporation was that the site of business was called a what, rather than a factory?

4. What did Sabin von Schocky do when he found that radium had gotten into his left index finger?

5. For what period of time did Swen Kjaer's national study of the radium dial-painting industry last?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's tone when ending Chapter 11 with the words, "After all-now it was bad for business" (79)?

2. What actions comprised the technique known as lip-pointing and why was it done?

3. Why did Hazel Kuser's family refuse to allow friends to see her body at her funeral?

4. What is the significance of the choice by the Radium Luminous Material Corporation to use the term "studio" (3) to mean the worksite?

5. 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?

6. Why did radium poisoning victims often need another operation after they had just undergone one?

7. Cecil K. Drinker's tour of the United States Radium Corporation plant took place on the day following what related event?

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

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

10. What actions did the United States Radium Corporation take once they received Cecil K. Drinker's full report regarding its employees on June 3, 1924?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author's use of the omniscient third person point of view serve her purposes over the course of the book? Discuss how Kate Moore's choice of point of view helps to advance her treatment of at least three particular themes within the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author's treatment of the climactic scene of the dial-painters' final trial and what techniques she uses in order to build suspense for the reader.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's decision to include a variety of photographs within the text. What purpose did she have in mind when including images of the dial-painters and other subjects? Back up your strong, specific claim about the author's use of photographs with concrete details from the images she includes in the book.

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