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 nickname does London give Mac that sticks?

2. Who approaches Jim and Mac saying that the committee wants a report?

3. Why is Dakin better off than most other migrant workers?

4. How will Mac get early warning that the scabs have arrived in town?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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