In Dubious Battle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 do Jim and Mac catch a ride on at the beginning of Chapter 4?

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

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

4. What is decided that needs to be done at the end of Chapter 3?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what does Jim believe Mac will spend the twenty dollars on that Dick brings home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the specific situation that occurred that Mac recounts as the reason for why Joy is "screwy."

3. Why does Jim think his mother died?

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

5. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

6. In Chapter 2, Jim reminisces about mysterious happenings during his childhood; how did this, according to Jim, affect his mother?

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

8. In Chapter 4, how is Mac's claim that the man who tries to scare you is usually scared of you an analogy to the strike?

9. How does Mac use the analogy of running new hunting dogs with old timers with Jim?

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

In Chapter 11, Doc Burton marvels at the mass of contradictions he notices in Mac, such as having "clear vision and rose-colored glasses." Point out and discuss these contradictions. Where do these contradictions come from specifically in the novel? Are these contradictions valid? Which side is the true Mac? Which side will ultimately prevail? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Is Dakin a likable character? Can the reader trust him? What sets him apart from the other men? What is it about Dakin that the reader is not fully convinced about? Write an essay that supports these claims and also shows how these suspicions about Dakin can foreshadow his eventual downfall.

Essay Topic 3

Old Dan is constipated, delusional, and raving as the novel progresses. How is Dan a symbol of the collective group of men? Think about Doc Burton's speculations involving group man and mobs being infectious diseases. How does this reinforce Dan as a symbol for the strikers? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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