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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 does Mac admit to feeling good about at the end of Chapter 4?

2. Who does Mac tell Jim not to bother trying to convert to the Party?

3. What does Mac lament doing after the men who try to steal their paper leave?

4. What does Jim claim men can gain from doing such work that the Party has them do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why, according to Mac at the end of Chapter 7, will the whole valley burn if Anderson's farm is touched?

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

4. How does Mac explain the process of a strike to Jim?

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

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

7. How does Dan break his hip?

8. In Chapter 7, why does Mac need Doc Burton to come and stay on the campsite with the strikers?

9. Why does Jim think his mother died?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jim directs the sacrifice of the cows in Chapter 13. How does this sacrifice and the total transformation of the men into group man reinforce one another? Why and how does the sacrifice reinforce group man within the narrative? How has the tone among the men and within the camp transformed into something different at this point? 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

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.

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