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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time does Mac plan the funeral march to match the highest traffic time?

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

3. How much does Bolter, the new president of the fruit Growers' Association, offer to raise the wages of the strikers?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 8, what does Mac have the men doing at the camp before the strikers arrive?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 12 can be characterized almost completely by dry and depressing adjectives and images. How does the chapter begin and end? What images are presented to create this somber, depressing, hopeless tone? Scour through the chapter and pick out specific quotations that show how this tone is expressed by Steinbeck and then construct a well-written essay explaining why you think this chapter is characterized in such a way. What is going on at this point in the novel? Use specific information from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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