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The Grapes of Wrath Teaching Unit
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- Who is the hero in this novel, Ma or Tom Joad?
- Discuss the role of machinery in this novel; state how and what social changes came about as a result of machines.
- The heroes in this novel are the people who continue to persist despite the obstacles. Identify and discuss who the villains are.
- Identify those comments and incidents in this novel that appear to be an attack on capitalism and/or a call for socialism.
- Relate the novel’s title, The Grapes of Wrath, to the allusion to which it refers, and state why it is significant for this novel.
- Point out at least three items from the novel that lead critics to suggest that Jim Casy is a Christ figure.
- Since Ma Joad’s goal was to keep the family together, does the fact she was unable to do so mean that Ma is a failure in this regard?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.