In Dubious Battle Test | Final 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. How many men does it take to pick and clear Anderson's crop?

2. What is Mac worried about the morning following Joy's death?

3. What name does the paper call the pickers?

4. At the end of Chapter 10, who is beaten up by the vigilantes?

5. At what time does Mac plan the funeral march to match the highest traffic time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do Dakin and London send out squads of men at the beginning of Chapter 10?

4. What happens to London when an outside agitator tries to turn the crowd against him?

5. Why does Mac put Doc Burton in a tent with ten armed guards to protect him?

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

7. Why is Dakin incarcerated for biting a cop?

8. In Chapter 13, how does the reader see that there is a thin line between the migrant workers and the townspeople during the funeral march?

9. What is the big mistake Mac claims that the vigilantes made in Chapter 9?

10. What does Mac warn Bolter about when Bolter accuses him of being sent by Red headquarters?

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

Anderson's barn is burned in Chapter 13, which creates a turning point within the narrative. Mac warned earlier on in the novel that if the Anderson's farm was touched, the entire Valley will burn. How does this prediction come to fruition? How is the barn the turning point in the novel as predicted? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Violence plays a key role throughout "In Dubious Battle." Both sides of the strike employ violence, sometimes differently but, towards the end of the novel, quite similarly. Describe how both sides of the fight use violence and how their use of violence ultimately amounts to little. Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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