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 are Jim and Mac doing at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. What does Mac think turned the deal with Al's father about using his land as a camping ground for the strikers?

3. Who stops Jim and Mac on their way back from Anderson's land?

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

5. Who is having a baby in a nearby tent where the pickers are camped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jim point out to Dakin when he says that he will pick cotton when all of the apples are picked?

2. How does Dan break his hip?

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

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

5. What reason does Jim give Harry wanting to join the Party?

6. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

7. Why does Mac want to make sure that Doc Burton has no legal or civil problems?

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

9. 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"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Men with stomachs" is a phrase mentioned several times in the narrative. What does this phrase mean and what is its significance to the narrative? Who does it include and why is it such a fragile, yet volatile phrase? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 10, Sam savagely beats up one of the checkers before Jim is shot. Can the reader feel sympathy for the checker and the other side of the battle? Why, or why not? Think about social context, war tactics and the mentality of either side. Can both sides have sympathy from the reader? Use 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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