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 give to Joy so that he stops bothering Jim's typing?

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

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

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

5. What does Jim wonder that Dan should be doing instead of manual labor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mac strategize about bringing a doctor onto the strikers' camping ground?

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

3. What are the sounds playing at the end of Chapter 6?

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

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 say that if Lisa had died the birthing experience would still have been worthwhile?

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

8. In Chapter 6, why does the checker offer Jim money in exchange for information? What information?

9. In Chapter 7, why does Mac need Doc Burton to come and stay on the campsite with the strikers?

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 is the protagonist and the system is the antagonist. Support this statement with specific examples from the text that show this contrast and the nature of the relationship between the two.

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

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.

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