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 are the only two punishments of the Party?

2. Who do Mac and Jim convince Al of letting them meet while at his Lunch Wagon?

3. What does Jim hear at the end of Chapter 6 before he falls asleep?

4. How many people own and oversee the Growers' Association?

5. What does Jim claim men can gain from doing such work that the Party has them do?

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 field work so dangerous, according to Mac?

3. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

5. How does Dan break his hip?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck wrote "In Dubious Battle" during the McCarthy era and was even blacklisted himself. How is this book specifically written for its social context? How does the suspicion of spies, the fear of being blacklisted, and turncoats within the novel resonate with what is going on in Steinbeck's contemporary period? Write an essay describing the parallels between the novel and Steinbeck's life.

Essay Topic 2

Old Dan is constipated, delusional, and raving as the novel progresses. How is Dan a symbol of the collective group of men? Think about Doc Burton's speculations involving group man and mobs being infectious diseases. How does this reinforce Dan as a symbol for the strikers? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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