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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 Jurgis find out when he walks home from prison?
2. What does Jurgis decide to do with his newfound wealth?
3. What do Jack and Jurgis do together once they're out of jail?
4. When Jurgis is at his court date, who does not come to see him?
5. Who does Jurgis meet that floods him with memories?
Short Essay Questions
1. Overcome with grief after Ona's death, what does Jurgis do to soothe his sorrows?
2. Where does Jurgis next get a job at, that turns out to be a good position?
3. What does Jurgis decide to do when he can not find any work?
4. Where does the drunk young man take Jurgis?
5. What happens to Jurgis' $100?
6. Jurgis happens upon another political meeting. What is the topic this time?
7. After the family is evicted, where do they go to live?
8. After the speech is over, what does Jurgis do?
9. How does Jurgis response to the news of Antanas' death?
10. What is the senator talking about as Jurgis overhears a political meeting?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Sinclair is also quick to point out how horrible the system of capitalism really is. In what ways does capitalism not work for the characters in the story? Are there any benefits to the capitalist way? How does Jurgis specifically become hurt by the capitalist system? Do you think Sinclair is right? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
In the end, Jurgis is left with no one. What does this say about the American dream? What do you think will happen to Jurgis next? Do you think his future will be a happy one? Why or why not? Do you think the ending is a happy one? Why or why not?
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