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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 are Jim and Mac doing at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. How will Mac get early warning that the scabs have arrived in town?

3. What strategy does Mac use when thinking about striking?

4. What does Harry do to show that he is considering Jim for Party membership?

5. Who approaches Jim and Mac saying that the committee wants a report?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mac warn Bolter about when Bolter accuses him of being sent by Red headquarters?

2. How does Jim die at the end of the novel?

3. Why does Jim think his mother died?

4. Why does Mac strategize about bringing a doctor onto the strikers' camping ground?

5. Why does Doc Burton feel sorry for Anderson in Chapter 11?

6. How does Mac convince Anderson to let them use his land as a camping ground for the strikers?

7. What happens towards the end of Chapter 9 that Mac is blamed for?

8. Why is field work so dangerous, according to Mac?

9. What does Sam brag about to Jim when they go out in a group together?

10. What does the orchard superintendent tell London to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 10, Sam savagely beats up one of the checkers before Jim is shot. Can the reader feel sympathy for the checker and the other side of the battle? Why, or why not? Think about social context, war tactics and the mentality of either side. Can both sides have sympathy from the reader? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Anderson's barn is burned in Chapter 13, which creates a turning point within the narrative. Mac warned earlier on in the novel that if the Anderson's farm was touched, the entire Valley will burn. How does this prediction come to fruition? How is the barn the turning point in the novel as predicted? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 12 can be characterized almost completely by dry and depressing adjectives and images. How does the chapter begin and end? What images are presented to create this somber, depressing, hopeless tone? Scour through the chapter and pick out specific quotations that show how this tone is expressed by Steinbeck and then construct a well-written essay explaining why you think this chapter is characterized in such a way. What is going on at this point in the novel? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

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