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 does Mac decide against putting Joy on public display during the funeral march?

2. Who hops off the train and is shot three times?

3. What does Jim pass out to a group of men?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens after Sam burns Hunter's house as retaliation for the vigilantes burning Anderson's farm.

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

8. Why does Dakin call Mac cold-blooded?

9. 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?

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

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

London and Mac both assume leadership roles among the men throughout the novel. Who is truly the better choice? Why? What attributes do these two men have that are advantages for a leader and disadvantages for a leader? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapters 1 and 2 the reader learns more about the Party, who the members are, and what the organization is like. Use information from the first two chapters to discuss what clues are given to show the grassroots of the men in the Party, their social status, their education, and the level of their organization. How does the information help shape the reader's thoughts about the Party?

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