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

2. How many men are in the squads sent out?

3. What does Doc Burton say to Mac about Joy's body?

4. What does Lisa observe about Dan when she visits him in his tent?

5. Who leaves the camp to go sleep in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 does the false headline in the paper claim that infuriates Mac?

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

9. Why does Mac decide against leaving Joy's coffin open during the funeral?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Old Dan is constipated, delusional, and raving as the novel progresses. How is Dan a symbol of the collective group of men? Think about Doc Burton's speculations involving group man and mobs being infectious diseases. How does this reinforce Dan as a symbol for the strikers? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Chapter 11, Doc Burton marvels at the mass of contradictions he notices in Mac, such as having "clear vision and rose-colored glasses." Point out and discuss these contradictions. Where do these contradictions come from specifically in the novel? Are these contradictions valid? Which side is the true Mac? Which side will ultimately prevail? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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