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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. Why does Jim want to join the Party?

2. What group of people does Dan reminisce about to Jim and Mac?

3. What does Jim see as the similarity between his father and Joy?

4. What does Mac say is needed on the strikers' camping site in order to keep the camp legal?

5. Who does the orchard superintendent remind London is the judge?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does group man take over in Sam and Jim's group?

2. Why does Mac want to make sure that Doc Burton has no legal or civil problems?

3. Why does Dakin call Mac cold-blooded?

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

5. In Chapter 5, what does Old Dan predict happening with the group of strikers in Torgas Valley? What does he mean by "water heaving before the boil"?

6. Why does Mac have the clothes burned after helping Lisa give birth?

7. After Jim tells a group of men about Joy being a kind of labor leader, what do they say in return?

8. Why does Al use his business and his father's land to explain why he does not want to join the cause?

9. Why does Mac decide against leaving Joy's coffin open during the funeral?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Violence plays a key role throughout "In Dubious Battle." Both sides of the strike employ violence, sometimes differently but, towards the end of the novel, quite similarly. Describe how both sides of the fight use violence and how their use of violence ultimately amounts to little. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapters 1 and 2 the reader learns more about the Party, who the members are, and what the organization is like. Use information from the first two chapters to discuss what clues are given to show the grassroots of the men in the Party, their social status, their education, and the level of their organization. How does the information help shape the reader's thoughts about the Party?

Essay Topic 3

When a rubber band is stretched, it reaches a point where it is stretched as far as it can go and can snap. Chapter 13 is the heightened action that Steinbeck uses all of the previous chapters to work towards. Winning or losing the strike will all depend on the actions of the following day in Chapter 14. Liken Chapter 13 to that of the stretched rubber band analogy and Chapter 14 as what will happen to the rubber band.

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