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 does London suggest that Mac do for Joy's funeral in the morning?

2. What does Sam claim to be blacklisted as?

3. What does Doc Burton say he is almost out of?

4. What does Doc Burton observe about Mac and the way he is around the men?

5. At the end of Chapter 10, what historical battle does Jim tell Mac to calm his worries?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joy's death in Chapter 9 solidify the men in their cause?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Dakin call Mac cold-blooded?

10. Why is Dakin incarcerated for biting a cop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is group man? How is it its own character although it is a collective of people? How is group man different from the individual? How does the collective become an additional danger to the outside dangers already present to the men? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Is Dakin a likable character? Can the reader trust him? What sets him apart from the other men? What is it about Dakin that the reader is not fully convinced about? Write an essay that supports these claims and also shows how these suspicions about Dakin can foreshadow his eventual downfall.

Essay Topic 3

Steinbeck wrote "In Dubious Battle" during the McCarthy era and was even blacklisted himself. How is this book specifically written for its social context? How does the suspicion of spies, the fear of being blacklisted, and turncoats within the novel resonate with what is going on in Steinbeck's contemporary period? Write an essay describing the parallels between the novel and Steinbeck's life.

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