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. After Dick believes he is spotted for vagrancy, who does he send for to replace him?

2. Why is Lisa a little embarrassed when Jim stops to talk to her?

3. At the end of Chapter 12, who takes over during London's speech as he stumbles over his words?

4. What name does the paper call the pickers?

5. Why is Dan seeming to lose his mind, according to Doc Burton?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reasoning does Doc Burton give for why he is working so hard for the Party but is not a Party member?

3. Who is group man?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Anderson's barn is burned in Chapter 13, which creates a turning point within the narrative. Mac warned earlier on in the novel that if the Anderson's farm was touched, the entire Valley will burn. How does this prediction come to fruition? How is the barn the turning point in the novel as predicted? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

When a rubber band is stretched, it reaches a point where it is stretched as far as it can go and can snap. Chapter 13 is the heightened action that Steinbeck uses all of the previous chapters to work towards. Winning or losing the strike will all depend on the actions of the following day in Chapter 14. Liken Chapter 13 to that of the stretched rubber band analogy and Chapter 14 as what will happen to the rubber band.

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