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 Jim see as the similarity between his father and Joy?

2. Why are prices inflated at the company store?

3. Why does Jim want to join the Party?

4. What strategy does Mac use when thinking about striking?

5. What does the orchard superintendent threaten to do if London does not comply?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Mac explain the process of a strike to Jim?

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

5. What are the sounds playing at the end of Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Mac claims several times that blood spillage is good for the cause. Is he a sympathetic or unsympathetic character because of this frame of thinking? Why or why not? Support your answer with specific information from the text.

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