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

2. What does Al express concern about while Jim and Mac eat at his Lunch Wagon?

3. Who does London name as Doc Burton's right-hand-man?

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

5. What does Jim claim men can gain from doing such work that the Party has them do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where do the cows, bull calf, and lima beans for the strikers come from?

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

4. Who is group man?

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

6. What does the false headline in the paper claim that infuriates Mac?

7. Why is Dan appearing to be losing his mind when Jim goes to speak with him?

8. What does Doc Burton admire about Mac's speech during Joy's funeral?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout "In Dubious Battle," chapters are ended with either sounds or images that are significant to foreshadowing what will come. Pick one sound or image from one of the chapters and discuss at length how and why that image or sound is significant to the narrative. How does it end the chapter? What is the sound or image's context? Why that sound or image? How does the sound or image foreshadow the ensuing chapters? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

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