The Road to Wigan Pier Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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The Road to Wigan Pier Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What creature did Orwell see a surprising abundance of in the coal mine?
(a) Mice.
(b) Rats.
(c) Moles.
(d) Bats.

2. What is a "gob fire?"
(a) A cigarette fire.
(b) A coal fire.
(c) A spontaneous heat problem.
(d) A spontaneously generating fire.

3. What were some of the most common conditions Orwell notes of housing in the industrial areas?
(a) Bugs, no bedding, no stove.
(b) No hot water, no electircity, no roof.
(c) Unopenable windows, bugs, and overcrowding.
(d) Overcrowding, no roof, no dishes.

4. How did Orwell describe Mr. Brooker?
(a) An ugly, offensive, odd smelling man.
(b) A small boned, angry, crippled man.
(c) An aggressive, manly, attractive fellow.
(d) A dark, sour, small boned, filthy man.

5. How did Orwell describe the meals at the Brooker's house?
(a) "Uniformly pitiful."
(b) "Pitifully disgusting."
(c) "Abjectly woeful."
(d) "Uniformly disgusting."

6. How many people shared the bedroom in which Orwell slept at the Brookers?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Seven.

7. How did Orwell describe Mrs. Brooker?
(a) A jolly, industrious woman.
(b) An overweight, jolly woman.
(c) An anxious faced, obese invalid.
(d) A beautiful, tall seductress.

8. What were "cream crackers?"
(a) Fried bread.
(b) Potato chips.
(c) Oreos.
(d) Biscuits.

9. Who did most of the cooking and laundry at the Brooker house?
(a) A neighbor hired by Mrs. Brooker.
(b) Mr. Brooker's sister.
(c) Mrs. Brooker's daughter-in-law and future daughter-in-law.
(d) Mrs. Brooker's son and his wife and kids.

10. Who were the fillers?
(a) The foremen.
(b) The men digging coal from the ground.
(c) The men shoveling coal onto the conveyer belt.
(d) The men moving coal on the elevators.

11. What did many of the old timers believe about miners washing their legs?
(a) Washing is for women only.
(b) Washing is bad luck.
(c) Washing causes ulcers.
(d) Washing causes lumbago.

12. Who wrote "The Coal Scuttle?"
(a) Mr. Paul McCartney, Mayor of Barnsley, Yorkshire.
(b) Mr. Joseph Jones, Mayor of Barnsley, Yorkshire.
(c) Mr. Albert Hall, Mayor of Chelsey, Yorkshire.
(d) Mr. John Abbott, Mayor of Chelsey, Yorkshire.

13. How many tons of coal were moved on the conveyor belt every minute?
(a) Hundreds of pounds.
(b) One ton.
(c) Millions of pounds.
(d) Several tons.

14. How did one member of the press see Orwell's presence in Wigan?
(a) Orwell did not understand the suffering of the poor.
(b) Orwell was there to vilify humanity.
(c) Orwell was there to snoop into poor people's lives.
(d) Orwell was a fascist.

15. What author accused miners of gluttony?
(a) Rev. W.D. Acres.
(b) Rev. W. R. Inge.
(c) Rev. B.W. Smith.
(d) Rev. W. S. Bellows.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the most understandable cause of accidents in a mine?

2. How was the coal miner getter paid?

3. What was one "perk" given to miners that was actually off-set by transportation costs?

4. What is one superstition miner sometimes hold to?

5. Why does every miner have a blue scar on his nose and forehead?

(see the answer keys)

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