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 does Jim report to the checker as the cause of the anger among strikers?

2. What does the orchard superintendent threaten to do if London does not comply?

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

4. Why is Dakin better off than most other migrant workers?

5. What ordinance does Mac predict the county will pass in the event of a strike?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 6, why does the checker offer Jim money in exchange for information? What information?

3. Why is Dakin afraid of being involved in the strike?

4. Why does Mac say that if Lisa had died the birthing experience would still have been worthwhile?

5. What is the situation in Torgas Valley with the Growers' Association and the pickers?

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

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

8. How does Dan break his hip?

9. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mac states that he uses whatever materials are at hand to accomplish a goal. How does the birthing scene in Chapter 4 exemplify this statement he makes? What is his main goal and how is the birthing scene a foreshadowing of what is to come? Use specific 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

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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