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Grapes of Wrath
|In the last chapter of the novel, where does the family take shelter?||Grapes of Wrath
|After Rose of Sharon's baby dies, which family member is told to bury the baby?||Grapes of Wrath
helped take care of Granma.
|When Ma went to the company store, what was she was upset over?||Grapes of Wrath
|Which family member was responsible for the operation of the truck?||Grapes of Wrath
Casy. Tom hit a man, but Casy offered to take the blame.
Granma. Ma Joad got the family through the border by telling the guards that Granma was sick.
Connie. At a point in the novel, Connie walks off and never returns, leaving Rose of Sharon depressed throughout the rest of the novel.
Jim Casy. The final words of Jim Casy (the retired preacher) echo the last words of Jesus, which were "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." Many of Jim Casy's actions, such as sacrificing himself for his cause, are similar to those of Jesus. (Information based on: "On Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath," by Kelly McGrath Vlcek)
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He had to hide because he killed a man who attacked a friend of his.. The friend in question here is Jim Casy. Tom was so angry over the death of his friend that he killed Casy's murderer without stopping to think about the consequences. Tom was injured in the process, so even though the police did not get a good look at him, he had to hide in order to conceal his injuries.
A strike had been called because the workers' wages had been lowered.. The strike was actually led by Jim Casy, a family friend who had traveled out to California with the Joads. He realized shortly after arriving in California that the only way to get the companies to pay fair wages was for all of the migrant workers to unite and demand them.
|The Joads spent some time in a government camp that was run by the workers themselves. The local police were unhappy about the existence of this camp. Which is NOT a reason the police felt threatened by the government camp?||"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
The noise made by the camp caused the local residents to complain to the police.. The local authorities had a number of reasons to fear the government camp, but noise was not explicitly mentioned as one of them. The most important issue they had was that the success and peace of the government camp proved that the "Okies" weren't stupid and lazy (which was their stereotype).
All of these choices are correct. (There were many more people who needed jobs than there were jobs., Companies advertised all over the country that there was plenty of work in California., Most of the work was seasonal (like picking peaches).). Few families were able to make enough money to feed themselves sufficiently because of all of these factors. The companies did not mind that there were so many people who needed work because they could set lower wages.
|Early in their journey, the Joads are introduced to the word "Okie." It was used as a derogatory name for the people who came west looking for work. What is the origin of this name?||"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
It was a slang term for people originally from Oklahoma.. The people who used the word "Okie" applied it to anyone who came west looking for work. Most of these workers were from the Great Plains region of the country, and were not limited to Oklahoma. When they heard it for the first time, the Joads were confused about how it was an insult.
California. Pa Joad saw a handbill advertising work in California. Since there was no work available in Oklahoma, the Joads decided to seek their fortune in California.
The bank foreclosed on their property.. The Joads were not the only ones in this situation. Many tenant farmers emigrated from Oklahoma and the surrounding regions because dust storms and overuse of the land did not allow farmers to make a living off their land anymore. Banks then foreclosed on the farmers, and resold the land to large companies.
Rose of Sharon (Rosasharn). Rose of Sharon is pregnant for the entire novel, but her baby dies due to lack of nourishment in the final chapter. The starving man needs milk in order to survive, and Rose of Sharon provides him the nourishment he needs with her milk.
Grampa. Grampa is originally excited for the trip, but as the time draws nearer he dreads leaving and must be drugged in order to leave with the family.
Ruthie. After refusing to share her Cracker Jack, Ruthie is fought by another girl. Trying to impress the other girl, Ruthie reveals that her brother (Tom) would kill the other girl's brother because he has done it before and is currently hiding because of his murder.
Al. Al is very cocky, but he is an excellent mechanic and proves crucial to the Joads' making it to California. He leaves the family after deciding to get engaged with Aggie.
|Which character is depressed throughout the novel because of the "sins" he feels he has committed (he believes he killed his wife because he did not take her stomach pains seriously)?||Characters in "The Grapes of Wrath"
Uncle John. Uncle John tends to "lay low" for most of the novel. However, he sometimes likes to indulge in pleasures such as alcohol and women.
Ma. Ma tries desperately to keep the family together throughout the novel. She also influences the collective mood of the family, so she tries to remain positive at all times.
Tom Joad. At the novel's beginning, Tom has just been released from prison on parole for killing a man in a fight at a dance. He is a key figure in the family's survival and togetherness during the novel.
Floyd Knowles. Floyd is a bright young man with his own family. He tries to organize the men in secret, but a deputy breaks up the camp before anything can be organized.
Muley Graves. Muley explains that he cannot leave because he is being forced to by the bank. If he hadn't been forced to leave, he would have gone with his family.
Jim Casy. Casy's final words were "You don' know what you're a-doin'." These words echo the words of Christ.