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1. What reason does Jim give Harry wanting to join the Party?

Jim's father was a fighter for social justice, but always fought alone and always lost. Jim does not want to be like his father.

2. Why does Jim think his mother died?

Jim's mother died one month ago and he believes she died simply because she did not want to live. Without his father, Jim's mother felt alone.

3. Why was Jim put in jail before coming to Harry?

Jim stopped to watch a speech in the park when the police knocked him out. The police charged him with attending a radical meeting.

4. Why does Jim not mind the hard work and life of Party members that Harry explains to him?

Jim met Party workers when he was in jail and envied the fact that their lives were centered around a goal. He said the men he met were more alive and that he no longer wanted to feel dead.

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