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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. Why does Jim want to join the Party?

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

3. What does Jim see as the similarity between his father and Joy?

4. What does Mac say is needed on the strikers' camping site in order to keep the camp legal?

5. Who does the orchard superintendent remind London is the judge?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does group man take over in Sam and Jim's group?

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

3. Why does Dakin call Mac cold-blooded?

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

5. 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"?

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

7. After Jim tells a group of men about Joy being a kind of labor leader, what do they say in return?

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

9. Why does Mac decide against leaving Joy's coffin open during the funeral?

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

Essay 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 is the protagonist and the system is the antagonist. Support this statement with specific examples from the text that show this contrast and the nature of the relationship between the two.

Essay Topic 3

Jim directs the sacrifice of the cows in Chapter 13. How does this sacrifice and the total transformation of the men into group man reinforce one another? Why and how does the sacrifice reinforce group man within the narrative? How has the tone among the men and within the camp transformed into something different at this point? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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