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 squads of men being sent out to do?

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

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

4. Who directs the sacrifice of the cows?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What does Doc Burton admire about Mac's speech during Joy's funeral?

7. Why is Dakin incarcerated for biting a cop?

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

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

10. Who is group man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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