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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Orwell describe Mr. Brooker?
(a) An aggressive, manly, attractive fellow.
(b) A dark, sour, small boned, filthy man.
(c) A small boned, angry, crippled man.
(d) An ugly, offensive, odd smelling man.

2. What did Orwell learn had happened to Wigan Pier?
(a) It was a myth and never existed.
(b) It was converted into a caravan park.
(c) It had been demolished.
(d) It was turned into a diner.

3. In one town, what was built instead of public housing the town desperately needed?
(a) A library.
(b) A museum.
(c) A town hall.
(d) A recreational area.

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

5. What physical attributes did the fillers share?
(a) They were tall, broad shouldered and thick around the waist.
(b) They were small, broad shouldered and thin.
(c) They were small, overweight thick thighed men.
(d) They were short, slightly overweight and broad shouldered.

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

7. What were "caravan dwellings?"
(a) Traveling circus employees' tent cities.
(b) Trailers that were brought in after the war for housing.
(c) Trailers for the government workers in the city.
(d) Housing set up for criminals.

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

9. What were newspaper canvassers?
(a) They were door-to-door pollsters for the political candidate.
(b) They were door-to-door surveyers for the census.
(c) They were door-to-door advertisement salesmen.
(d) They were door-to-door salesmen selling newspaper subscriptions.

10. What creature did Orwell see a surprising abundance of in the coal mine?
(a) Bats.
(b) Mice.
(c) Rats.
(d) Moles.

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

12. What were some of the restrictions placed on residents of Corporation housing?
(a) No trash on the streets, no outdoor fires.
(b) No poultry or pigeons, no neighborhood pubs.
(c) No animals or pets, no laundry lines.
(d) No cars parked on the street, no pets larger than fifty pounds.

13. According to Mrs. Brooker, who was "at Canada?"
(a) Many of her children.
(b) Many of her former boarders.
(c) Many of her husband's relatives.
(d) Many of her aunts and uncles.

14. What was the average size of one of the dwellings?
(a) Ten feet wide by twelve feet high.
(b) Five feet wide by six feet high.
(c) Ten feet wide by ten feet high.
(d) Twenty feet wide by five feet high.

15. How did Orwell come to understand the discrepancies in pay for miners?
(a) By listening to talk around the lunch table.
(b) By working with the payroll departments.
(c) By studing pay checks and bank accounts.
(d) By interviewing miners.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was offered a very few of the miners in the better built mines?

2. What was one common characteristic of all of the houses Orwell saw in industrial towns?

3. What other types of expenses were taken from the miner's pay?

4. How did one member of the press see Orwell's presence in Wigan?

5. Who were the fillers?

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