The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary Flashcards

The Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary Flashcards
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Chambray
A durable, lightweight fabric that was commonly worn by farmers and laborers
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Bayonet
A long blade that attaches to rifles
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Rivulet
A tiny river, or stream
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A baggy and ill-fitting dress
Mother Hubbard. Named for the nursery rhyme about Old Mother Hubbard, this term referred to a loose-fitting and shapeless dress.
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Skitters
Digestive troubles that people experienced due to poor nutrition
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Hoovervilles
Small towns named after President Hoover, who was largely blamed for 1930s economic despair. These towns were populated by people desperately looking for work.
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Jalopies
Poor quality, broken-down cars that transported people from Dust Bowl states to the west
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Okies
An unkind name used to refer to migrants from Dust Bowl states (like Oklahoma) who moved West for work
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Dust Bowl
Referring to both a time period and area, the Dust Bowl refers to when the American Great Plains became infertile and 'dusty' in the 1930s due to unsustainable farming practices and drought
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Flashcard Content Overview

John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath, tells the story of desperate migrant workers who left the Dust Bowl to pursue work in California. The novel includes some little-known vocabulary words, including historical slang, tools and equipment, and descriptive language used in the 1930s. Review this set of flashcards to learn these words so that you can better understand what is happening in this classic American novel.

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Dust Bowl
Referring to both a time period and area, the Dust Bowl refers to when the American Great Plains became infertile and 'dusty' in the 1930s due to unsustainable farming practices and drought
Okies
An unkind name used to refer to migrants from Dust Bowl states (like Oklahoma) who moved West for work
Jalopies
Poor quality, broken-down cars that transported people from Dust Bowl states to the west
Hoovervilles
Small towns named after President Hoover, who was largely blamed for 1930s economic despair. These towns were populated by people desperately looking for work.
Skitters
Digestive troubles that people experienced due to poor nutrition
A baggy and ill-fitting dress
Mother Hubbard. Named for the nursery rhyme about Old Mother Hubbard, this term referred to a loose-fitting and shapeless dress.
Rivulet
A tiny river, or stream
Bayonet
A long blade that attaches to rifles
Chambray
A durable, lightweight fabric that was commonly worn by farmers and laborers
Hob-nailed
A way to describe shoes that are rigged with nails to prolong their usefulness and wearability
Truculent
Hostile and aggressive, easily angry
Cantankerous
Quick to be annoyed, generally disagreeable
Scrounge
To look around with the intention of gathering, foraging, or borrowing something without plans to return it
Vagrant
Someone who is transient and moves around without settling anywhere
Heliograph
A mechanism that uses sunlight and a mirror to communicate or send messages
Quest
A voyage or journey to find something
Quarantine
A restriction that prevents sick individuals from socializing and spreading contagious illnesses to the healthy
Ravenous
Terribly hungry, ready to eat a lot. 'Ravenous' can also be used figuratively, such as a destitute person being 'ravenous for work'
Realistic Fiction
A type of writing that is not real, but is made to seem realistic and may be based on real or historic events. The Grapes of Wrath is an example of realistic fiction.

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