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 admit to Jim after delivering Lisa's baby?

2. Who is elected chairman of the strikers?

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

4. What does Mac tell Dick to do to raise bail for Joy?

5. Why does Jim think his mother died while he was in jail for a vagrancy charge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

Violence plays a key role throughout "In Dubious Battle." Both sides of the strike employ violence, sometimes differently but, towards the end of the novel, quite similarly. Describe how both sides of the fight use violence and how their use of violence ultimately amounts to little. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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