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

2. Who does the orchard superintendent tell London to get rid of?

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

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

5. What does Harry do to show that he is considering Jim for Party membership?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

5. What are the sounds playing at the end of Chapter 6?

6. In Chapter 6, why does the checker offer Jim money in exchange for information? What information?

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

8. Why, according to Mac at the end of Chapter 7, will the whole valley burn if Anderson's farm is touched?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

London and Mac both assume leadership roles among the men throughout the novel. Who is truly the better choice? Why? What attributes do these two men have that are advantages for a leader and disadvantages for a leader? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

When a rubber band is stretched, it reaches a point where it is stretched as far as it can go and can snap. Chapter 13 is the heightened action that Steinbeck uses all of the previous chapters to work towards. Winning or losing the strike will all depend on the actions of the following day in Chapter 14. Liken Chapter 13 to that of the stretched rubber band analogy and Chapter 14 as what will happen to the rubber band.

Essay Topic 3

"Men with stomachs" is a phrase mentioned several times in the narrative. What does this phrase mean and what is its significance to the narrative? Who does it include and why is it such a fragile, yet volatile phrase? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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