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. Who decides to join the Party?

2. What does Mac hope will happen once again, the same as with Burke, to incite the men to fight?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, how do the men feel in the morning following Joy's death?

4. What is set on fire that enrages the men and sparks the impending riot?

5. Why does Mac want to bring Joy's body back to the strikers' camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens after Sam burns Hunter's house as retaliation for the vigilantes burning Anderson's farm.

3. What does Sam brag about to Jim when they go out in a group together?

4. Why does Doc Burton make the remark about shooting Mac if he were the boss of the other side?

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

6. Why does Doc Burton feel sorry for Anderson in Chapter 11?

7. Who is group man?

8. To whom does Jim attribute his cool demeanor when London praises him for it?

9. What does the paper say about the strikers at the beginning of Chapter 14?

10. What happens towards the end of Chapter 9 that Mac is blamed for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 10, Sam savagely beats up one of the checkers before Jim is shot. Can the reader feel sympathy for the checker and the other side of the battle? Why, or why not? Think about social context, war tactics and the mentality of either side. Can both sides have sympathy from the reader? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Jim directs the sacrifice of the cows in Chapter 13. How does this sacrifice and the total transformation of the men into group man reinforce one another? Why and how does the sacrifice reinforce group man within the narrative? How has the tone among the men and within the camp transformed into something different at this point? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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