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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 happens to Dan when he is trying to get out of the tree?

2. What does Mac tell Doc Burton about the strike situation?

3. Why does Jim want to join the Party?

4. What as Mac sent away for the previous night that he expects the next morning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the big mistake Mac claims that the vigilantes made in Chapter 9?

4. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

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

6. Why does Doc Burton make the remark about shooting Mac if he were the boss of the other side?

7. Why do Dakin and London send out squads of men at the beginning of Chapter 10?

8. What happens towards the end of Chapter 9 that Mac is blamed for?

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

10. What does Anderson do when he discovers his dogs have been lost to the barn fire?

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

In Chapter 11, Doc Burton marvels at the mass of contradictions he notices in Mac, such as having "clear vision and rose-colored glasses." Point out and discuss these contradictions. Where do these contradictions come from specifically in the novel? Are these contradictions valid? Which side is the true Mac? Which side will ultimately prevail? Use specific 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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