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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did men chew tobacco in the mines?
(a) It was a stimulant.
(b) It was a deterrent to thirst.
(c) It was good for headaches.
(d) It was medicinal.

2. What was done with the unusable shale inside of the mines?
(a) It was left in the mine in empty mine shafts.
(b) It was brought to the surface and dumped into "dirt-heaps."
(c) It was taken away by large trucks and brought to lakes and rivers.
(d) It was added to the coal and processed.

3. Which towns did Orwell note for their approach to tearing down slum housing and rebuilding?
(a) Liverpool and Yorkshire.
(b) Liverpool and Manchester.
(c) Liverpool and London.
(d) Liverpool and Sheffield.

4. When a miner comes up from the pit, why does he appear to be pale?
(a) Because he is thirsty.
(b) Because he is exhausted.
(c) Because he has not been in the sun.
(d) Because of the foul air he has been breathing.

5. What were the first sounds Orwell heard in the morning when he woke at the Brookers?
(a) The sound of birds chirping in the trees.
(b) The sound of hammering at the house next door.
(c) The sound of Mrs. Brooker bustling around the kitchen.
(d) The sound of mill girls' clogs down the cobbled street.

6. Upon what did Orwell believe our civilization is based?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Money.
(c) Law.
(d) Coal.

7. What were some of the most common conditions Orwell notes of housing in the industrial areas?
(a) Unopenable windows, bugs, and overcrowding.
(b) Bugs, no bedding, no stove.
(c) Overcrowding, no roof, no dishes.
(d) No hot water, no electircity, no roof.

8. How did one member of the press see Orwell's presence in Wigan?
(a) Orwell was there to snoop into poor people's lives.
(b) Orwell did not understand the suffering of the poor.
(c) Orwell was a fascist.
(d) Orwell was there to vilify humanity.

9. How many people shared the bedroom in which Orwell slept at the Brookers?
(a) Seven.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

10. How did Orwell describe Mrs. Brooker?
(a) An overweight, jolly woman.
(b) An anxious faced, obese invalid.
(c) A beautiful, tall seductress.
(d) A jolly, industrious woman.

11. Where was Orwell's bed in his room at the Brooker's house?
(a) On the east wall.
(b) Against a dresser.
(c) In the center of the room.
(d) In the right hand corner nearest the door.

12. How did Orwell say he was received by the people he spoke with about their housing?
(a) With hostility and suspicion.
(b) With courtesy and good nature.
(c) With curiosity and suspicion.
(d) With kindness and good food.

13. At what time of year does the coal industry slack off?
(a) Winter.
(b) Spring.
(c) Summer.
(d) Fall.

14. What is a snap can?
(a) A cold can of iced tea.
(b) A can of sardines strapped onto a belt for lunch.
(c) A can with medical supplies.
(d) A lunch can that is strapped onto a belt.

15. Who wrote "The Coal Scuttle?"
(a) Mr. Paul McCartney, Mayor of Barnsley, Yorkshire.
(b) Mr. John Abbott, Mayor of Chelsey, Yorkshire.
(c) Mr. Albert Hall, Mayor of Chelsey, Yorkshire.
(d) Mr. Joseph Jones, Mayor of Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Orwell describe the meals at the Brooker's house?

2. What did each of the permanent lodgers get for their ten shillings a week rent?

3. What was one "perk" given to miners that was actually off-set by transportation costs?

4. What did many of the old timers believe about miners washing their legs?

5. What is nystagmus?

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