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 Mac say that Dick is within the Party?

2. For what reason does Jim tell Harry that he was jailed for a vagrancy charge?

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

4. For what does Harry express surprise concerning Jim's past?

5. How does Dan feel about the group of strikers and union about to form?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

2. Why does Jim not mind the hard work and life of Party members that Harry explains to him?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

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

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

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout "In Dubious Battle," chapters are ended with either sounds or images that are significant to foreshadowing what will come. Pick one sound or image from one of the chapters and discuss at length how and why that image or sound is significant to the narrative. How does it end the chapter? What is the sound or image's context? Why that sound or image? How does the sound or image foreshadow the ensuing chapters? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What is group man? How is it its own character although it is a collective of people? How is group man different from the individual? How does the collective become an additional danger to the outside dangers already present to the men? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 12 can be characterized almost completely by dry and depressing adjectives and images. How does the chapter begin and end? What images are presented to create this somber, depressing, hopeless tone? Scour through the chapter and pick out specific quotations that show how this tone is expressed by Steinbeck and then construct a well-written essay explaining why you think this chapter is characterized in such a way. What is going on at this point in the novel? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

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