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. Why does Mac decide against putting Joy on public display during the funeral march?

3. What is in London's tent when he invites Mac and Jim inside?

4. What does Sam claim to be blacklisted as?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Jim tells a group of men about Joy being a kind of labor leader, what do they say in return?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who is group man?

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

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.

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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