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 as Mac sent away for the previous night that he expects the next morning?

2. Who does Jim claim is his reason for wanting to join the Party?

3. What story does Joy recount to explain why his hands are crushed?

4. What is projected that the county will do if the strikers begin to picket?

5. Who does the checker try to bribe for information at the beginning of Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Dakin afraid of being involved in the strike?

9. Why does Joy remind Jim of his father?

10. 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?

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

Chapter 12 can be characterized almost completely by dry and depressing adjectives and images. How does the chapter begin and end? What images are presented to create this somber, depressing, hopeless tone? Scour through the chapter and pick out specific quotations that show how this tone is expressed by Steinbeck and then construct a well-written essay explaining why you think this chapter is characterized in such a way. What is going on at this point in the novel? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Is Dakin a likable character? Can the reader trust him? What sets him apart from the other men? What is it about Dakin that the reader is not fully convinced about? Write an essay that supports these claims and also shows how these suspicions about Dakin can foreshadow his eventual downfall.

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