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. From whom does Jim claim he got his calm and cool demeanor?

2. Who directs the sacrifice of the cows?

3. What does Mac wish he could get for Doc Burton?

4. At the end of Chapter 13, who is madly raving and needs an enema?

5. Who disappears in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 8, what kinds of necessities are built on the campsite.

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

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

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

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

6. What does Doc Burton admire about Mac's speech during Joy's funeral?

7. Who is group man?

8. What does Mac want to happen again, similar to Burke's incident, that he believes will push the men forward?

9. Why is Dakin incarcerated for biting a cop?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

London and Mac both assume leadership roles among the men throughout the novel. Who is truly the better choice? Why? What attributes do these two men have that are advantages for a leader and disadvantages for a leader? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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