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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When they had something to eat, what did the fillers consume?
(a) A hunk of meat and gravy, and a bottle of cold tea.
(b) A hunk of bread and drippings, and a bottle of cold tea.
(c) A large sandwich and pickles, and a bottle of cold tea.
(d) A large pan of hot cereal and a bottle of cold tea.

2. What is "traveling?"
(a) The unpaid time it takes to crawl through the tunnels to the job site.
(b) Going up and down in the elevator.
(c) The unpaid time it takes to get from the job site to the eating area.
(d) Getting to and from the mine from the miner's home.

3. Who was Mr. Reilly?
(a) One of Orwell's roommate who was war veteran.
(b) One of Orwell's friends in London.
(c) One of Orwell's colleagues from college.
(d) One of Orwell's roommates who was a mechanic at the mine.

4. How did Orwell react to the train moving into the countryside?
(a) He was happy to be out of the dark and dirty city.
(b) He was happy to be seeing his family again.
(c) He was confused as to where the train was headed.
(d) He was sad to be leaving his home.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What creature did Orwell see a surprising abundance of in the coal mine?

3. In one town, what was built instead of public housing the town desperately needed?

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

5. What did Orwell urge the reader to realize about the coal miner?

Short Essay Questions

1. There were three shift in the mines Orwell discussed. What happened in each of the three shifts?

2. What difference did Orwell see in the lives of the working class and the bourgeois that had to do with the humiliation suffered by many miners?

3. How did a miner clean up upon returning home? Why was cleaning up after work such a difficult task?

4. Who were the Brookers? How did Orwell describe them? What did they look like? Behave like?

5. Why were the fillers an important part of the coal mining business? What were their jobs?

6. When people moved into the Corporation housing, what were some of the restrictions by which they had to abide?

7. Who were some of the boarders at the Brooker's rooming house? How were thought of by the Brookers?

8. What did the miners look like when they emerged from the coal mines? What were some of the first things they did upon coming above ground?

9. Describe the typical coal mine Orwell explored while studying the work conditions in the mines.

10. Why did Orwell believe it was important to understand the working conditions of the miners? What did he see as the larger story?

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