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The Grapes of Wrath Book Multiple Choice
Can you answer these questions about John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath?
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What time period in US history is the novel set during?
World War II
The Great Depression
The Civil War
Why was Tom Joad away from his family in McAlester?
He was desperately trying to find work
He was chasing a woman, to no avail
He got lost on a hunting trip during a large dust storm
He was in prison for killing a man
Why did Connie run off from the family?
He found another woman and left with her
He realized that none of his fantasies for California would happen
He found work and didn't want anyone else to find out about it
He was kidnapped by a band of Apache Indians
Why does Uncle John, on occasion, have to drink himself to oblivion?
He blames himself for all the bad luck anyone around him suffers, which depresses him
As means of coping for the death of his daughter
He is terrified of the road ahead and it calms him down
He believes that alcohol helps cure his insomnia that he suffers from
True or False? Other than a couple of minor hiccups, the car used by the Joad family actually has very few issues during their distant travels.
What is the fate of Rosasharn's baby?
It was a healthy boy born at the government camp
It was a healthy girl born at a regional hospital in California
It was born while the family was crossing the desert and caused a lot of deadly delays
It was stillborn in the rail car housing at the cotton camp
What does Al Joad lust more than anything else?
Alcohol and Drugs
Land of his own
Revenge on the police
What term referring to those that traveled from the midwest was frequently used as a derogatory slur by local Californians?
What shift in the Joad family power dynamic happened over the course of the novel?
Reverend Jim Casy took over as patriarch figure even though he wasn't a Joad
Ma, a woman, became the leader and decision maker of the family
Pa and Uncle John fought to be the leader which lead to no one getting it and the family structure collapsing
Noah, the oldest son, was forced into the role but he was too weak and dumb to be effective
What were the names of the raggedy camps frequently harassed by police that were setup by Midwestern travelers in California?
How were all of the employers in California constantly able to lower their wages, much to the dismay of the Midwestern's desperately seeking work?
Legislation in California frequently lowered the minimum wage
Competition between the Midwesterners and local Native Americans
Because there were so many starving people looking for work, they could lower wages and still get workers because they were so desperate
Employers were going broke and couldn't afford to pay higher wages any longer than they did
What was the fate of Reverend Jim Casy?
He assimilated into and took over the Joad family
He found his faith on the open road and left to resume his work as a preacher
He was arrested in California and never to be heard from again
He was killed for his role in leading a strike of workers on a large peach farm
True or False? Tom Joad was extremely exhausted during the trip west because he drove the entire way as he was the only one in the family capable of driving the car.
What were the names of the two youngest Joads that were frequently found with one another?
Aggie and Wilson
Al and Winston
Ruthie and Winfield
Bethany and Eloise
What did the local Californian's hate about the government camps specifically?
Midwestern travelers preferred them to their own establishments and they lost out on a lot of money because of them
Police were not allowed inside and the nicer amenities raised the expectations for the Midwesterners
They were absolutely horrid living conditions and the locals even recognized them as human rights issues
The camps were all setup right next to the cities which led to the Midwesterners wandering in very often
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