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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a "dataller?"
(a) The superviser in the mine shaft.
(b) A miner who plants explosives.
(c) A miner who attends to the roof of the mine.
(d) A miner who digs the coal.

2. What did Orwell say the fillers looked like?
(a) Hammered metal sculpture.
(b) Wooden soldiers.
(c) Slaves in Egypt.
(d) Hammered iron statues.

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

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

5. For what did the Brookers purchase insurance policies?
(a) They insured the lives of both old age pensioners.
(b) They insured their home and shop.
(c) They insured each other.
(d) They insured their children.

6. What does "back to back" mean?
(a) Two houses built as one, front house faces the street, back house faces the alley.
(b) Two houses combined to make one large house.
(c) Two houses separated by a brick wall.
(d) Two houses built as one, one upstairs, one downstairs.

7. What is one superstition miner sometimes hold to?
(a) It is bad luck to see a woman before going to work in the morning shift.
(b) It is bad luck to wear red into the mines.
(c) It is bad luck to kiss a woman goodbye before going into the mines.
(d) It is bad luck to carry a photograph of one's children into the mines.

8. What is a "gob fire?"
(a) A spontaneously generating fire.
(b) A coal fire.
(c) A cigarette fire.
(d) A spontaneous heat problem.

9. What was the major difference between a mile above ground and a mile in the pit bottom?
(a) You could not return the same way.
(b) You were not able to hear anything in the pit bottom.
(c) You could not measure distance in the pit bottom.
(d) You could not stand upright in the pit bottom.

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

11. How did the Brookers view the two old age pensioners that lived in their house?
(a) They thought of them as two old, quiet men bothering no one.
(b) They thought of them as a danger because they smoked in bed.
(c) They thought of them as dreadful parasites living on their charity.
(d) They did not think of them at all as long as they paid their rent.

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

13. How did Orwell describe the meals at the Brooker's house?
(a) "Pitifully disgusting."
(b) "Uniformly pitiful."
(c) "Abjectly woeful."
(d) "Uniformly disgusting."

14. What is a cage?
(a) A steel box in which supplies and personal belongings are kept.
(b) A steel box in which the foreman rides through the caverns.
(c) A steel box that is lowered at a fast rate into the caverns of the mine.
(d) A steel box in which coal is transported to the surface.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Orwell react to the train moving into the countryside?

2. Why did men chew tobacco in the mines?

3. What did miners tell Orwell about why they ate less than he did at a meal?

4. What author accused miners of gluttony?

5. According to Mrs. Brooker, who was "at Canada?"

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