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. Who accuses Mac of being insensitive and cold-blooded after Mac says he wants to take Joy's body back to camp?

2. What is set on fire that enrages the men and sparks the impending riot?

3. What does London suggest that Mac do for Joy's funeral in the morning?

4. What is delivered by truck to the camp?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 12, what does Mac drape over Joy's coffin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Dick agree with Mac on concerning Joy's death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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