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 say that Dick is within the Party?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 7, who is going to be romancing the female sympathizers?

3. What does Mac have the men do after the birth so that they can share in the experience and participate.

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

5. Who does Mac introduce to Jim as the bedroom radical at the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Jim put in jail before coming to Harry?

2. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapters 1 and 2 the reader learns more about the Party, who the members are, and what the organization is like. Use information from the first two chapters to discuss what clues are given to show the grassroots of the men in the Party, their social status, their education, and the level of their organization. How does the information help shape the reader's thoughts about the Party?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Mac states that he uses whatever materials are at hand to accomplish a goal. How does the birthing scene in Chapter 4 exemplify this statement he makes? What is his main goal and how is the birthing scene a foreshadowing of what is to come? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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