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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 lament doing after the men who try to steal their paper leave?

2. What does Mac admit to feeling good about at the end of Chapter 4?

3. For what reason does Mac want reassurance from Doc Burton that he has no civil or legal problems?

4. What does Dakin predict the growers will bring in if the workers organize a strike?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

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

4. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Dan break his hip?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jim's sudden death in Chapter 15 is shocking to the reader, who believes that it is Jim who will take over the cause because of his intelligence and calmness. However, would a living Jim be too dangerous for the cause? Mac once noted that he would hit Jim for being too smart and always right. Could this have been Jim's downfall had he lived and taken over the cause? Prove or disprove this statement with specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Jim and Doc Burton discuss religion in Chapter 11. Jim's devotion to the cause is almost a religious devotion which Doc Burton points out; however Jim recoils at the idea of religion. How are these two characters similar yet different? How does this conversation shed light on those similarities and differences? Write an essay that compares and contrasts Doc Burton and Jim, using the conversation in Chapter 11 as the anchor for the argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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