The Grapes of Wrath: Banks & The Bank Monster Metaphor


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What do the banks feed on for survival?

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1. What's the scary thing about banks? Hint: when they fail/die, is that the end of them?

2. Why can't farmers pay the bank?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet assesses what you remember about the banks in The Grapes of Wrath. You'll review your knowledge of the metaphor used to describe the banks and the part they play in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet revisits what you know about:

  • What the banks feed on
  • What happens when banks fall or die in the story
  • Why the farmer's can't pay the bank
  • The main farm family we follow through the book

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you are able to pick out from the lesson what the banks feed on
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding why the farmers aren't paying the banks
  • Information recall - recall what is said about what the banks breathe instead of air

Additional Learning

There is a complete overview of this topic provided in the lesson The Grapes of Wrath: Banks & The Bank Monster Metaphor. This lesson offers more insight into:

  • Steinbeck's views on banks
  • What is happening in America at time of the events in the novel
  • How Steinbeck uses repetition to emphasize his thoughts on banks
  • What the bank does to farmers who don't pay