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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Joe accuse of racketeering?
(a) Benjamin.
(b) Fatt.
(c) Lefty.
(d) Miller.

2. What does Joe mean when he says, "I rode the wheels off the chariot."?
(a) The front wheel has fallen off his motorcycle.
(b) His cab has a flat tire.
(c) He rode on a bus over 100 miles.
(d) He has done a lot of driving.

3. How do workers become committee members?
(a) There are no committee members, just workers.
(b) They are appointed by the union bosses.
(c) They volunteer for a term.
(d) They are elected by the workers.

4. What does it mean to "take a run-out powder?"
(a) Take medicine for an upset stomach.
(b) Not show up as promised.
(c) Not leave when asked.
(d) Take a quick trip somewhere.

5. What are the professions of the two main characters?
(a) Lab assistant and industrialist.
(b) Cab driver and union leader.
(c) Dental assistant and manager.
(d) Doctor and hospital administrator.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the boss meeting with Miller?

2. What is the state of consumer markets?

3. Why do the characters discuss "Mrs. Consumer" and Hollywood?

4. What is the relationship between Joe and Edna?

5. How does Miller initially feel about the new job assignment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the point of emphasizing the closeness of Philadelphia to the workers?

2. What is the mood of the workers?

3. What are some reasons that Odets puts figurative language into Agate's dialogue?

4. Why is Dr. Barnes limited by what he can do to express his outrage at the changes in medicine?

5. At what point does Miller change his mind about the new assignment?

6. Who speaks for the workers?

7. What are the first indications that Joe and Edna are having financial problems?

8. What is the benefit of having a speaker with experience with a strike talk to the workers?

9. Is Fayette's decision to fire Miller for refusing to spy on his supervisor morally right or wrong?

10. Why doesn't Edna want Joe to yell?

(see the answer keys)

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