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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

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 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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