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. What are the men doing before that they have to be sent out to do something?

2. What spaces themselves along the line of marchers at the train station?

3. What does Jim pass out to a group of men?

4. How does Doc Burton view civil disobedience and strikes?

5. Why does Mac think he should put Joy on public display during the funeral march?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is group man?

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

6. 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?

7. Why does Dakin call Mac cold-blooded?

8. How does group man take over in Sam and Jim's group?

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

10. Why does Mac decide against leaving Joy's coffin open during the funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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