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. Where does the paper accuse the strikers of coming from?

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

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

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

5. At the beginning of Chapter 9, what day of the strike is it when the men organize a picket to meet the train?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Dick agree with Mac on concerning Joy's death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout "In Dubious Battle," chapters are ended with either sounds or images that are significant to foreshadowing what will come. Pick one sound or image from one of the chapters and discuss at length how and why that image or sound is significant to the narrative. How does it end the chapter? What is the sound or image's context? Why that sound or image? How does the sound or image foreshadow the ensuing chapters? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

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