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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 Jim wonder that Dan should be doing instead of manual labor?

2. What does the orchard superintendent offer London in return for doing what he asks?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what does Jim believe Mac will spend the twenty dollars on that Dick brings home?

4. What are the only two punishments of the Party?

5. For what reason does Mac want reassurance from Doc Burton that he has no civil or legal problems?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is field work so dangerous, according to Mac?

4. How does Mac use the analogy of running new hunting dogs with old timers with Jim?

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

6. In Chapter 4, how is Mac's claim that the man who tries to scare you is usually scared of you an analogy to the strike?

7. Why does Mac strategize about bringing a doctor onto the strikers' camping ground?

8. Why does Jim think his mother died?

9. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

10. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mac states that he uses whatever materials are at hand to accomplish a goal. How does the birthing scene in Chapter 4 exemplify this statement he makes? What is his main goal and how is the birthing scene a foreshadowing of what is to come? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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