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 Harry Nilson have of Jim's when Jim reaches his office?

2. Why do Harry and Jim decide that using Jim's real name will not be detrimental to Jim's relatives?

3. How does Harry describe the life of a Party member to Jim?

4. How does London react to Mac's suggestion for someone else as general chairman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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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