The Jungle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Ona give birth to?

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

3. Who has had to give up her dream of marriage?

4. What is the name of the place where the pigs are killed?

5. What happens when a steer gets loose at Jurgis' work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem when Jurgis shows up for his first day of work?

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

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

4. Who does Marija fall in love with?

5. Why is Stanislovas afraid to go out into the snow?

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

7. Who is the narrator of the novel?

8. Which character could be described as young, strong, and full of optimism?

9. After Jonas deserts the family, what does the family have to do in order to bring in more money?

10. What is one of the ways the slaughterhouse bosses cheat the men out of money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel "The Jungle" wasn't just praised for its writing style, it was also a book that really changed the way the meatpacking industry worked. What do you think the book was so successful in spreading its message? What shocked you most about this book? In what way has your view of your diet changed, if any?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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