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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. How old is Ona at her wedding?

2. What is Marija's new job?

3. What kinds of cows are killed, which upsets Jurgis as he works?

4. What happens to the unborn calves of the slaughtered cows?

5. Who is working at the sausage factory?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jurgis overcome with worry over?

2. Who does Marija fall in love with?

3. Why does Jurgis decline to be in the union at first?

4. What does Jurgis decide to sign in order to give him more power in his new country?

5. Why can't any people pay off the 'new' houses they have bought?

6. What does Ona suggest she do in order to marry Jurgis more quickly?

7. What holiday occurs during the time that Jurgis is in jail?

8. What causes Marija to lose her job again?

9. What happens at Marija's job at the beef trimming factory?

10. Who is the narrator of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jurgis could be seen as a mythical tragic hero of the story. However, as with all heroes, he has flaws. What are some of Jurgis' flaws? What are some of his strengths? Do you think he is a hero in the end of the story? Why or why not? How does he affect others? Or is his battle an internal one?

Essay Topic 2

Jurgis has a lot to deal with as he moves through this novel--more than most of us will ever see in our lifetime. What are some ways the Jurgis copes? How do his coping methods change during the novel? Do you agree with the way he tried to cope or not? What else could he have done to make the most of his troubles?

Essay Topic 3

Jurgis has a motto of "I will work harder." Does this attitude ever help Jurgis? Describe how. List at least two situations in which this positive attitude does not help Jurgis? Do you think this is a good motto to live by? Why or why not?

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