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

2. Why do Harry and Jim decide that using Jim's real name will not be detrimental to Jim's relatives?

3. How Jim describe his mother following her change in demeanor during his childhood?

4. Who organizes the men on Anderson's farm land?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mac say that if Lisa had died the birthing experience would still have been worthwhile?

2. What does Jim point out to Dakin when he says that he will pick cotton when all of the apples are picked?

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

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

5. How does Mac convince Anderson to let them use his land as a camping ground for the strikers?

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

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 4, how is Mac's claim that the man who tries to scare you is usually scared of you an analogy to the strike?

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

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mac claims several times that blood spillage is good for the cause. Is he a sympathetic or unsympathetic character because of this frame of thinking? Why or why not? Support your answer with specific information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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