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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. Besides his son, what does Jurgis enjoy in his life now?
2. Who helps Jurgis find a job?
3. How did Stanislovas die?
4. Why do people not want Jurgis to go upstairs?
5. How much does Jurgis give Stanislovas to help the family?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jurgis learn about his family when he asks around?
2. Jurgis happens upon another political meeting. What is the topic this time?
3. When Jurgis goes back to Chicago for the summer, where does he find employment?
4. Overcome with grief after Ona's death, what does Jurgis do to soothe his sorrows?
5. Is Jurgis successful in getting the rest of the family converted to socialism?
6. Why doesn't Ona come to the courtroom during Jurgis' sentencing?
7. What happens to Jurgis' $100?
8. Why was Jurgis released from prison later than he thought would be?
9. Where does Jurgis finally find the job that makes him happy, though he does not hold onto it for long?
10. Where does Jurgis next get a job at, that turns out to be a good position?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The women in "The Jungle" seem to be relegated to natural female roles, like mothering and holding simple jobs. What do you think this says about Sinclar's views of women? Does he believe all women are weak? Why or why not? What does Sinclair seem to say about Marija when she ends up being addicted to morphine and working as a prostitute?
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
The character of Jurgis is the main character of the story, but what does he represent in a larger sense? What are some characteristics that make him easy for a reader to relate to? Why did he leave his homeland to come to the United States? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?
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