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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. What does the family find out about their home?
2. Why does Jurgis think the system of meatpacking is so efficient?
3. What does the house become infested with?
4. What is another fee the family learns they need to pay on their home?
5. What happened to the boy Stanislovas with the broken off ears?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Elzbieta's factory do?
2. What is the Lithuanian family in the first chapter traveling to?
3. How do Ona and Jurgis furnish their 'new' home?
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. Why does Jurgis decline to be in the union at first?
7. Who is Jurgis overcome with worry over?
8. Why does Jurgis beat up Conner?
9. What does Jurgis think about his act of beating up Conner?
10. What does Ona suggest she do in order to marry Jurgis more quickly?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of not being able to speak English is one that hurts Jurgis and his family in the beginning of their time in the US. Describe three situations in which knowing English would have helped Jurgis and his family. What are some ways that the packing plant owners took advantage of the workers because of the language barrier? Do you think it was fair of the packers to take advantage of the workers? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The idea of the union seems to be a good one for the workers, but does it ever help the workers? How? Why do you think the union fails in some of their efforts? Why do you think Jurgis ignores the call to strike? In today's world, unions seem to do more good, but do you think they are helpful to workers? Why or why not? In what ways can they harm the working environment?
Essay Topic 3
Sinclair makes it pretty clear in the text the he feels socialism is the answer to the world's problems. Did you think Sinclair's arguments were convincing? Why or why not? How does socialism help Jurgis in this story?
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