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. Who does Mac suggest for general chairman because he has a cooler head than London?

2. What does Mac admit to Jim after delivering Lisa's baby?

3. What does Harry Nilson have of Jim's when Jim reaches his office?

4. What ordinance does Mac predict the county will pass in the event of a strike?

5. What is Mac's dream about the the strike and causing a lot of fuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the situation in Torgas Valley with the Growers' Association and the pickers?

4. Why is Joy incarcerated in Chapter 3?

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

6. What does Jim point out to Dakin when he says that he will pick cotton when all of the apples are picked?

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

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

9. In Chapter 7, why does Mac need Doc Burton to come and stay on the campsite with the strikers?

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

In Chapter 11, Doc Burton marvels at the mass of contradictions he notices in Mac, such as having "clear vision and rose-colored glasses." Point out and discuss these contradictions. Where do these contradictions come from specifically in the novel? Are these contradictions valid? Which side is the true Mac? Which side will ultimately prevail? 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

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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