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"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
Grapes of Wrath
""The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck is one of the all-time greats of American literature. It describes the journey and travails of the Joad family. I have read it several times, and thought I would share some of the things I have learned."
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Why did the Joads decide to move at the start of the book?
Pa Joad was offered a job in a neighboring state.
Relatives outside of Oklahoma asked the Joads to come live with them.
The family was tired of living in Oklahoma.
The bank foreclosed on their property.
Where did the Joads decide to move to?
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?
It was intended to mock the accent of the migrants.
It came from people who were so desperate for work that they would say "OK" to any job.
It was a slang term for people originally from Oklahoma.
Okie was a common name among the migrants.
During the course of the book, the Joads team up with two different families in order to help out both families. What were the names of these two families?
The Wilsons and the Wainwrights
The Hawleys and the Wilsons
The Henrys and the Hawleys
The Wainwrights and the Henrys
Why were there so few full-time jobs available in California?
All of these choices are correct.
Companies advertised all over the country that there was plenty of work in California.
There were many more people who needed jobs than there were jobs.
Most of the work was seasonal (like picking peaches).
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 camp was peaceful and successful without needing police intervention to control the "Okies."
The noise made by the camp caused the local residents to complain to the police.
They were afraid the migrant workers would organize into unions.
The police were not allowed inside the camp.
What was the cause of commotion outside the peach farm when the Joads arrive?
A strike had been called because the workers' wages had been lowered.
A man had collapsed from heat exhaustion and malnutrition.
All of the peaches had been picked, and there were no jobs available.
A fight had broken out between the guards at the gate and the migrant workers.
Why did Tom leave his family at the peach farm?
He decided to return to Oklahoma and see if he could become a farm worker.
He was arrested by a sheriff's deputy for violating his parole.
He heard of a high-paying job nearby, and said he would rejoin the family later.
He had to hide because he killed a man who attacked a friend of his.
Which of the following is NOT a theme of the book?
Action is much more important than passive observation in life.
Working together allows people to be much more successful.
All of the above statements are themes of the book.
Every person is united with every other person by humanity.
Whose final words in the book were: "You don' know what you're a-doin."? (Hint: This quote has religious overtones.)
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Compiled Jun 28 12