The Grapes of Wrath Questions and Answers
What does Steinbeck mean in The Grapes of Wrath when he writes, "In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage?"
How are themes such as hard work, class conflict, strength of family and hope portrayed in The Grapes of Wrath?
How does each member of the Joad family feel about going to California and leaving home in The Grapes of Wrath?
Why does Ma feed the little ones in chapter 20 of The Grapes of Wrath? How does the other mother react?
"The ancient Hudson, with bent and scarred radiator screen, with grease in dusty globules at the worn edges of every moving part, with hub caps gone and caps of red dust in their places--this was the new hearth, the living center of the family." What does Steinbeck accomplish by mixing metaphors in this way, what is the effect of each metaphor on the reader, and what effect is the shift in metaphors likely to have on a reader?
In Chapter 10 of Grapes of Wrath, what foreshadowing emerges from the conversation between Tom and Ma about California?
In chapter 16, Tom says, " I'm still layin' my dogs down one at a time." How is this line at heart of the migrants' attitude?
In the last paragraph of chapter one in The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck writes: "The women studied the men's faces secretly, for the corn could go, as long as something else remained." What do you think this "something else" is?
Connie and Rose of Sharon have some big dreams and plans. How do these sound like Grandpa’s dreams of the grapes?
What type of figure of speech is used in the following passage from chapter 6 of The Grapes of Wrath? “A Sedan driven by a forty-year-old woman approached. She saw the turtle and swung to the right, off the highway, the wheels screamed, and cloud of dust boiled up.”
What does the word "Hymie" mean in chapter 7 in The Grapes of Wrath? "I'll give you a Hymie when I'm ready"?
What does this quote from Grapes of Wrath mean? "If a man owns a little property, that property is him...But let a man get property he can't see, or can't take time to get his fingers in, or can't be there to walk on it - why, then the property is the man."
How does The Grapes of Wrath reconcile American values of rugged individualism with collective strength?
In the passage from The Grapes of Wrath that begins with "Tom stood looking in" and ends with "She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone," how does Steinbeck use literary elements and techniques to reveal the complexity of Ma Joad's character? And how does her character contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole?
In The Grapes of Wrath, how does the hitchhiker convince the trucker to give him a ride, even though he’s not supposed to?
What figure of speech is used in the following quote from The Grapes of Wrath?: “A man can hold land if he can just eat and pay taxes; he can do that. Yes, he can do that until the crops fail one day and he has to borrow money from the bank. But—you see, a bank or company can’t do that because those creatures don’t breathe air, don’t eat side-meat. They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don’t get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat. When the monster stops growing, it dies."
How does the quote "That's a daisy, that's a daisy, 'over an' over. An' her so proud she bust three cups that night" relate to the narrative of The Grapes of Wrath?
How did Tom’s imprisonment affect his character and conflicts/resolutions in the novel? Please include quotes and examples. Thank you!
In chapter 7 of The Grapes of Wrath, how does Steinbeck describe the used car salesman? Which quote foreshadows the nature of the California dream?
Who is telling the story in The Grapes of Wrath and what is the value of having alternating voices in the narration? Does it help you understand the novel's plot and themes more easily, or does it interfere with your comprehension?
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