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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 tell Doc Burton about the strike situation?

2. What does Jim tell Mac influenced him to join the Party?

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

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

5. What group of people does Dan reminisce about to Jim and Mac?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

9. How does Mac explain the process of a strike to Jim?

10. In Chapter 2, Jim reminisces about mysterious happenings during his childhood; how did this, according to Jim, affect his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jim's sudden death in Chapter 15 is shocking to the reader, who believes that it is Jim who will take over the cause because of his intelligence and calmness. However, would a living Jim be too dangerous for the cause? Mac once noted that he would hit Jim for being too smart and always right. Could this have been Jim's downfall had he lived and taken over the cause? Prove or disprove this statement with specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Jim and Doc Burton discuss religion in Chapter 11. Jim's devotion to the cause is almost a religious devotion which Doc Burton points out; however Jim recoils at the idea of religion. How are these two characters similar yet different? How does this conversation shed light on those similarities and differences? Write an essay that compares and contrasts Doc Burton and Jim, using the conversation in Chapter 11 as the anchor for the argument.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 10, Sam savagely beats up one of the checkers before Jim is shot. Can the reader feel sympathy for the checker and the other side of the battle? Why, or why not? Think about social context, war tactics and the mentality of either side. Can both sides have sympathy from the reader? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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