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 have the men do after the birth so that they can share in the experience and participate.

2. What does Jim tell Mac influenced him to join the Party?

3. What nickname does London give Mac that sticks?

4. What was Dan's occupation before becoming a migrant crop worker?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the specific situation that occurred that Mac recounts as the reason for why Joy is "screwy."

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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